CrimeStoppers has re-issued a reward notice for information in the early summer shooting of an Escalon police officer and the city's council members have approved additional funding for the department to heighten officer safety. Area Rite Aid stores have posted flyers seeking any information regarding the early morning attempted burglary and subsequent shooting and wounding of Officer Shane Johnson on June 21. Johnson accosted the suspect and during a subsequent struggle, the officer was shot and wounded. The suspect fled the scene.
Johnson has not yet returned to the force, still recuperating from shoulder surgery. "Shane is on our minds, we're doing what we can in following up," Escalon Police Chief Jim Shaw said of continuing the investigation in hopes of making an arrest or catching a break. He noted that CrimeStoppers officials had posted a reward earlier, they just wanted to bring the case back into focus. "They felt there was no harm in casting the net out again," Shaw said, with the goal of getting some additional leads in the case.
Callers can leave an anonymous tip about the incident behind the Rite Aid store on Jackson Avenue in Escalon by calling CrimeStoppers at (209) 521-4636. Tips can be e-mailed at http://www.modestopolice.com/CrimeStoppers, or text them to CRIMES (274637) by typing "Tip704" plus the message and be eligible for a cash reward if the information leads to an arrest.
As far as Johnson's prognosis, Shaw said he is on the mend. "We're leaving it up to his medical team regarding how much recovery time is needed," said Shaw. Meanwhile, at the Nov. 7 Escalon City Council meeting, the council unanimously approved an additional appropriation of $30,000 for the police department from the General Fund Reserve to pay for additional reserve officer hours. The goal is to maintain the two officers on duty during all shifts. "It's a second set of eyes, some physical back up so if something does happen in the city, we have a response time of two to three minutes vs. 10 to 15 minutes," said Shaw
Escalon Police are asking for assistance in identifying the man responsible for shooting an Escalon Police Officer. On June 21, 2011 an Escalon Police Officer Shane Johnson was on routine patrol checking businesses in the 2100 block of Jackson Avenue after a rash of commercial, Escalon Police Chief James Shaw said the officer spotted a man in an alley behind the businesses and stopped to investigate. Upon contacting the suspect a struggle ensued between the suspect and the officer with the officer being shot. The officer is recovering from his injury. The suspect(shown in sketch)is described as possibly Latino, more than 6 feet tall, with dark eyes, curly, medium-length hair and possibly facial hair. He was last seen wearing knit gloves, a long-sleeved black hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and white athletic shoes.CrimeStoppers Re-Issue Shooting Reward Notice