Wake Scheduled For Newark Officer Killed In Drive-By Shooting

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A viewing will take place Wednesday night for an off-duty Newark police officer who was killed in a drive-by shooting.

Officer William Johnson was standing at the counter of a fast-food restaurant trying to get a slice of pizza when he was shot along with two other people last Thursday.

Johnson was off-duty at the time of the shooting.

Authorities have charged 19-year-old Rasul McNeill-Thomas with murder and aggravated assault. Police have been searching for a second suspect.

The slain officer grew up in Newark and worked in the police department’s video surveillance unit. He was a 16-year veteran of the police force.

The 45-year-old is survived by two daughters.

Johnson’s funeral will take place in Union on Thursday.

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