Agencies: Arizona Department of Public Safety
Cause of death: shooting
Last updated: 8 months ago
Dion Johnson, 28, was shot and killed by a police officer when the officer found him stopped in the road in a vehicle.
Police say a DPS trooper was patrolling the area when he saw a vehicle parked on the eastbound gore point, partially blocking traffic.
The trooper observed a man, later identified as Dion Johnson, 28, passed out in the driver's seat and when the trooper made contact with him, there was a struggle and the trooper fired his service weapon striking Johnson.
A second DPS trooper arrived on scene and helped remove Johnson from the vehicle. Phoenix firefighters responded and took the suspect to a nearby hospital where he later died.
On September 21, 2020, in front of TV cameras and reporters, Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel said her office wouldn’t criminally prosecute Trooper George Cervantes for shooting and killing 28-year-old Dion Johnson.