Gulfport PD Officer in Hospital After Being Shot on Duty
Monday, Gulfport Police Chief, Leonard Papania, spoke about Dolton Bradley’s condition after he was shot twice in the abdomen during a struggle with a suspect Sunday morning. Papania says, “Officer Bradley’s recovery will take time and effort. We ask that you pray for his family.”
Corey Johnson, 21, is the man County Prosecutor, Herman Cox, says shot Bradley with a 9mm pistol after Johnson fled from a traffic stop. According to an eyewitness, the shooting occurred behind a home on 46th Avenue.
The owner of the home did not wish to be on camera, but he described to News 25 the commotion he heard early Sunday morning just outside his bedroom window. A neighbor says, “First I heard gunshots. I was thinking someone was trying to come in my home.” After Bradley was shot, a neighbor heard his cries for help. Helen Struebing, another neighbor, says, “The officer, when he was shot was screaming that he was a police officer and he had been shot.”
According to Gulfport Police, even though Bradley was shot, he continued to struggle with Johnson. Gulfport Police say two other officers arrived at the scene and took Johnson into custody. The eyewitness says after the police officer was shot, he was seen walking nearby before he collapsed.
Neighbors say this is just another incident which has them concerned. Neighbors report there was a drive by shooting earlier this year just next to the home where Sunday’s incident occurred. Phierra Moody, another neighbor, says, “You know, this is the second time this has happened this year on this street. So it’s like, ‘Oh no, it’s happening again.’”
Monday, Johnson had his preliminary hearing at the Harrison County Jail. He is charged with attempted murder and is being held on a $1 million bond. There has been an account set up for Officer Bradley and his family. The account is called Dolton Bradley Benefit Account at Bancorp South.