Local leaders, community show support for Tulsa Police officers after shooting

Community places flowers and balloons on patrol car for wounded Tulsa police officers

TULSA, Okla. — One Tulsa police sergeant has died and another officer is in critical condition after being shot during a traffic stop Monday morning.

Local leaders are showing their support for the offers and their families during this tough time.

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You can show your support by placing something on the patrol car at the Mingo Valley Division station or by driving with your headlights on during the day.

Tulsa Police gave an update on Facebook about Sergeant Craig Johnson and officer Aurash Zarkeshan’s conditions. In the post, they also added their history with the department.

Tulsa Police Chief Wendell Franklin held a press conference Monday afternoon about the shooting:

The community gathered for a vigil at the Mingo Valley Division station Monday night.

Community holds prayer vigil for wounded officers

Officer Aurash Zarkeshan’s brother posted on his personal Facebook page:

“I’m trying to find the words for this post before the media releases names shortly...Early last night my brother & his supervising officer were shot multiple times while on duty making a traffic stop in Tulsa. All I can ask for is prayers for my brother & his supervisor. He is out of surgery and stable but he is not out of the woods yet. I have never experienced these emotions before, but please just keep him in your prayers. Thank you to Tulsa PD for treating us like family & for everyone who has reached out. I love you bro.”

The Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police released the a statement on their Facebook page

Governor Kevin Stitt released a statement:

“I ask Oklahomans to join the First Lady and me in praying for the officers who were injured, their families and the Tulsa Police Department. This senseless attack is a reminder of the dangers our law enforcement officers face daily.”

Mayor G.T. Bynum commented on the tragic event on his Facebook page:

Former Tulsa Police officer Ford also commented on the incident:

“I am saddened to hear about the shooting of these officers,” said Ford, a former Tulsa Police officer. “I’m worried for all our officers who continually put themselves in danger while they work diligently to protect the safety of their fellow Oklahomans. Our officers need the support of their communities now more than ever, and I ask if you see an officer you be sure to thank them for their service and commitment to the citizens of Oklahoma. I would ask all Oklahomans to respect the job of our police officers and to join me in praying for a quick and full recovery for those injured today and for those families that have been affected by this senseless act of violence.”Both officers were listed in critical condition in a Tulsa hospital, where they were fighting for their lives on Monday afternoon. The officers were critically wounded Monday morning, allegedly by a person they had pulled over for a traffic violation. The man accused of shooting the officers has since been arrested.”

The Claremore Police Department said they will show support by turning their headlights on during the day.