Police Officer Charged With Hoax Found Dead

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Former Millis, Massachusetts, police officer Bryan Johnson, 24, was found dead in his home on Nov. 26, 2015. Johnson was facing six charges for calling in a fake bomb threat on Sept. 2 at Millis High School. He then staged a shootout the same day involving a driver who did not actually exist.

The Norfolk District Attorney’s office announced that Massachusetts State Police detectives and Millis police officers had arrived at Johnson’s residence, where he was pronounced dead at the scene. There will not be a homicide investigation, as there were not any signs of foul play to indicate his death was a homicide.

Johnson’s charges included calling in a bomb threat to a school, discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a residential area, misleading a criminal investigation, creating a false report, wanton destruction of property over $250, and over $250 worth of willful and malicious destruction of property. The Millis Police Department obtained a warrant soon after the hoax. Johnson pleaded not guilty in Wrentham District Court.

Initially, Johnson was not charged with calling in the bomb threat to the school, however, further investigation showed there was probable cause which indicated his involvement in calling in the bomb threat. The cause of Johnson’s death has not been released at this time.

By Jeanette Smith

Sources:

WHDH News 7 Boston: Millis cop charged with bomb threat staged shootout found dead
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