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Salem, OR—Today, Governor Tina Kotek issued a statement in response to the death of Nyssa Police Department Reserve Officer Joseph Johnson, who was killed in the line of duty. Officer Johnson was also an Oregon Department of Corrections employee, assigned to Snake River Correctional Institution.

"This is an absolute tragedy. I extend my sincere condolences to Officer Johnson’s family, friends, and the public safety community who knew him well," Governor Tina Kotek said. “Officer Johnson’s service and dedication to his community and our state will not be forgotten.”

Governor Kotek has ordered flags at Oregon public institutions to be flown at half-staff until sunset April 17, in honor and remembrance of Officer Johnson’s sacrifice.

Officer Johnson is survived by his wife and two children. The Fallen Badge Foundation is accepting donations on behalf of the family. More information about the incident will be found here.

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