San Jose suspect found dead after officer killed in shooting

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Police have identified the suspect accused of fatally shooting a veteran San Jose police officer March 24, 2015 as 57-year-old Scott Dunham.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The man suspected in the fatal shooting of a veteran San Jose police officer was found dead, authorities said early Wednesday morning.

Police said Scott Dunham, 57, was found dead inside his apartment shortly before 3:30 a.m. Police did not say whether Dunham was killed by police or died from a self-inflicted wound.

Officer Michael Johnson was responding to a call Tuesday in a residential neighborhood about a man who was threatening to commit suicide.

San Jose police say officers were met with gunfire as they approached an apartment building. Johnson was struck and killed.

Johnson worked patrol and was also a field training officer and worked with recruits. He was not with any recruits when he responded to the incident. He was a 12-year veteran of the San Jose Police Department.

According to the San Jose Police Department website, the last time an officer was killed in the line of duty was Officer Jeffrey M. Fontana in 2001.

The Associated Press and Bay City News contributed to this story.