Disgraced ex-cop charged with staging a fake police shootout has been found dead

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Disgraced ex-cop charged with staging a fake police shootout has been found dead.

A former part-time police officer who was indicted for calling in a phony bomb threat and staging a shootout that sparked a manhunt was found dead in his home over the holidays, authorities said. Bryan Johnson, 24, was discovered early Thursday morning in his residence near Millis, Mass., not far from Boston, according to the Norfolk District Attorney’s Office. The death is not currently being investigated as a homicide,” Peggy Krippendorf, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office said in a statement.

The prosecutor’s office said Johnson “was found by another resident of the home.” A spokesman for the Millis Police Department, which fired Johnson in September after determining that he made up a story about having been shot at, said police and firefighters responded to the scene at his home. On November 19, a Norfolk County grand jury issued six indictments against Johnson, including new charges stemming from a false bomb threat at Millis High School the same day he is alleged to have staged a shootout with a non-existent motorist. Johnson was indicted by a grand jury on Nov.19 on six charges, including calling a bomb threat to a school, misleading a criminal investigation and making a false police report. According to prosecutors, on Sept. 2, Johnson fired his personal firearm into his own department-issued SUV before telling police that a man in a pickup truck opened fire on his vehicle.

On September 2, Johnson’s bomb claim forced local residents to stay inside and schools went into lockdown while authorities launched an area-wide manhunt, reported the Boston Herald. William Dwyer said at the press conference in September. “Our main reason for coming out here so quickly was to make sure the public knew they were safe.” Involved in the search were about 20 state police troopers and detectives, a helicopter, armored cars and more than 50 heavily armed officers from the Metropolitan Law Enforcement Council. Johnson continues to enjoy the constitutional presumption of his innocence, we believe the scope of the conduct alleged here makes Superior Court the appropriate venue,” Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Investigators said the young officer later confessed he had shot the cruiser himself three times, gotten into the vehicle, and blacked out before crashing into the trees.

Johnson’s alleged actions shut down the town of Millis, closing schools for a day and triggering a massive search for the alleged shooter by heavily armed police.

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