Oklahoma officer’s health improving after shooting


TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — A Tulsa police officer’s health is improving after he was he was shot in the head during a traffic stop in which a fellow officer was killed, authorities said Wednesday.

Officer Aurash Zarkeshan was critically wounded during the Monday traffic stop. The other officer, Sgt. Craig Johnson, died of his wounds on Tuesday.

Dan Osborne prays at a makeshift memorial for Tulsa Police Officers Craig Johnson and Aurash Zarkeshan at Mingo Valley Division Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The officers were shot early Monday morning during a traffic stop. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

The suspected gunman, 32-year-old David Anthony Ware, was arrested following a search that lasted more than seven hours.

Zarkeshan’s health has slightly improved and he’s responding to doctors’ commands, Capt. Richard Meulenberg told The Associated Press. He did not provide more information on Zarkeshan’s condition.

Funeral services for Johnson have not yet been planned, Meulenberg said.

Tulsa Police Officer Nereyda Villa, center, reacts during a news conference at Mingo Valley Division where it was announced that Tulsa Police Sgt. Craig Johnson died Tuesday, June 30, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Oklahoma Police Chief Wendell Franklin says Sgt. Johnson was shot multiple times and he described Johnson’s death as a “tremendous loss” to the police department. Johnson and Officer Aurash Zarkeshan were shot during a traffic stop on Monday. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Ware faces murder and other charges. Matthew Hall, a 29-year-old who police described as Ware’s “accomplice,” has been charged with being an accessory to murder.

Court records do not list an attorney for either man. Both were being held without bond Wednesday at the Tulsa County jail.

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