SAN JOSE (KRON) — The procession for fallen San Jose officer Michael Johnson drew hundreds of officers and onlookers along the streets between the Santa Clara County coroner’s officer in San Jose to Los Gatos at the Darling Fischer Family Mortuary.
The deceased officer, a 14-year-veteran of the force, was killed Tuesday night by a gunman who shot at Johnson and other officers responding to calls for a welfare check from his apartment balcony. The body of the gunman, 57-year-old Scott Dunham, was found Wednesday morning after a long manhunt.
A source in the police department told KRON that Johnson was in the same class as fallen SJPD officer Jeffrey Fontana who was himself killed by gunfire in the line of duty in 2001. Fontana was 24.
Mayor Sam Liccardo called the incident, “San Jose’s darkest hour.”