SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — KRON 4’s was able to talk to a family member of the man accused of shooting San Jose police officer Michael Johnson.
57-year-old Scott Dunham is believed to have shot and killed the 14-year veteran Johnson.
According to the family member, Dunham threatened to kill his wife at their San Jose house Tuesday evening.
She says that Dunham’s wife was able to run away, going to her daughter’s house.
The daughter then called 9-1-1 to let them know that Dunham was despondent, intoxicated and possibly had access to
weapons, including a rifle.
She also told police that Dunham may hurt somebody, Esquivel said.
Dunham was found at 3:20 a.m. on the balcony of the residence, dead from at least one gunshot wound, police said.
Police have not said if Dunham was killed by police or if he killed himself.
“We are working with the coroner to determine the cause of death,” San Jose police Chief Larry Esquivel said.
Esquivel said officers did not have any contact with Dunham
following the initial exchange of gunfire, and it is possible he was dead
several hours before his body was discovered on the balcony.
Esquivel said the only report of shots fired during the incident came during the initial exchange of gunfire between Dunham and responding officers, and there were no other people in the apartment where Dunham was found dead.
Police spokesman Albert Morales said officers in the department are grieving this morning, and he said he saw several crying following their fellow officer’s death.
“Our hearts, our prayers go out with the family of Michael, our brother,” he said. “This is a very very difficult time right now.”
Hear the interview here in this video report.