Farmers Branch off-duty officer charged with murder

An off-duty Farmers Branch officer has been charged with murder three days after fatally shooting a teenager and wounding another. Officer Ken Johnson, 35, was arrested Wednesday night in the death of Jose Cruz, the Dallas 16-year-old who was shot after an “altercation” Sunday evening in Addison. Johnson was also charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in the shooting of Cruz’s classmate, Edgar Rodriguez, who is expected to survive.

Johnson used a semiautomatic pistol to shoot Cruz and Rodriguez, according to an affidavit obtained by the Dallas Morning News. Officers who were dispatched to the 14300 block of Marsh Lane found Johnson standing in the roadway, the affidavit states.

“It was further determined that Cruz’s death was caused by being intentionally shot by Johnson with a firearm,” the affidavit states.

Dallas County judges, however, sealed many of the warrants that were issued related to the case — including Johnson’s arrest warrants and multiple search warrants. Spencer, the Addison police chief, said Wednesday that he expects several more weeks of investigation.

Essential details of what occurred during the altercation have not yet been released, and officials have not said whether either teen was armed.