A man shot and killed by Lakewood police last night after a domestic violence incident has been identified as 35-year-old Daniell Johnson.
Johnson’s ex-wife called police to her home in the 20 block of Rips Lane about 10 p.m. to report that Johnson had punched and strangled her.
Police say the assault stemmed from their strained relationship. The couple had finalized their divorce in the last few weeks. The woman’s three children, ages 13, 12 and 4, were at home at the time of the assault.
After seeing visible signs of abuse on the 37-year-old victim’s face and throat, police advised patrol officers in the area to keep an eye out for Johnson and his white Nissan sedan.
While officers were taking the report at the woman’s home, Johnson called her so she handed the phone to one of the officers. After police told Johnson that they needed to talk to him, he allegedly muttered “It doesn’t matter” twice before hanging up.
Police spotted Johnson’s car returning to the home and pulled it over. A shot was fired from inside the Nissan as soon as the car stopped.
Lt. Chris Lawler said it’s still unclear whether Johnson shot himself or at officers.
Police made several attempts to communicate with Johnson but there was no response. They could not see inside the car because the window tint was too dark, Lawler said.
A tactical team with a shield first approached Johnson’s car and could see him moving inside. One of the officers fired three shots inside the vehicle.
Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. A handgun was found near him.
The woman was taken to a hospital. Her children were not injured.
Police responded to the woman’s home four times last year for domestic violence calls, Lawler said. She obtained a restraining order against Johnson Sept. 8 but it was dismissed Sept. 22. Earlier in the year, Johnson had filed a restraining order against her. It was also dismissed.
The officer involved in the shooting is a 14-year veteran and has been working for the Lakewood Police Department since 2004. The officer has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.