Man who shot, killed San Jose officer found dead

Mar 25, 2015 10:44 AM by News Staff, Photo: San Jose Police Department

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - A man who shot and killed a San Jose police officer responding to a call that he was threatening to commit suicide was found dead on his apartment balcony.

San Jose police spokesman Albert Morales says 57-year-old Scott Dunham killed San Jose police Officer Michael Johnson, a 14-year veteran, on Tuesday night.

Johnson and other officers were met with gunfire as they approached Dunham's San Jose apartment building.

Dunham was found dead at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday on his balcony with at least one gunshot wound. It was unclear if he killed himself or died when officers returned fire.

After Johnson was shot, officers searched the area for the gunman and evacuated nearby homes.

The last San Jose officer killed in the line of duty was Jeffrey Fontana, who was shot during a vehicle stop in 2001.

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