Gulfport Man Sentenced for Shooting Law Enforcement Officer


Gulfport, MS- District Attorney Joel Smith announced today that Corey Donald Johnson, age 23, of Gulfport, pled guilty Tuesday morning to Aggravated Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer and was sentenced in the Harrison County Courthouse.
After receiving the guilty plea, Circuit Court Judge Larry Bourgeois sentenced Johnson to the maximum sentence of 30 years in prison to serve in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Due to the fact that the victim of the Aggravated Assault was a law enforcement officer, the maximum punishment increased from 20 years incarceration to 30 years incarceration.
On November 23, 2014, at approximately 4:20 a.m., patrolmen for the Gulfport Police Department attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of 20th Avenue and 42nd Street for a traffic violation. The vehicle did not stop and proceeded several more blocks before ultimately stopping in a driveway. Once the vehicle stopped, the defendant and other individuals ran from the vehicle into the local neighborhood. Officer Dolton Bradley chased the fleeing suspects into an adjacent house’s backyard. In the backyard, Officer Bradley was able to catch the defendant and attempted to detain him. “During this attempt, the defendant brandished a 9 mm handgun and shot Officer Bradley two times at point blank range in the upper abdomen. Officer Bradley was able to take the weapon from the defendant and throw it out of reach. After being shot, Officer Bradley was still able to hold the defendant until other officers arrived,” said ADA Matthew Burrell. When the defendant was finally detained, other officers with the Gulfport Police Department rushed Officer Bradley to Gulfport Memorial Hospital where he was rushed into emergency surgery to control the bleeding and treat a punctured lung, torn intestine, and broken ribs.
Following sentencing, DA Joel Smith stated “The actions of Dolton Bradley and his fellow officers that night were nothing less than heroic. They were a true representation of the highest and best qualities of our local law enforcement. It is vital to the success of our community that we support the men and women that protect us. The sentence handed down by Judge Bourgeois today sends a strong message that we take this crime seriously and will punish those who commit them.” ADA Matthew Burrell and Crosby Parker prosecuted the case for the District Attorney’s Office.

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