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Washington Trooper Survives Execution-Style Head Shot

February 14, 2010  | 

Photo via Scott Johnson Facebook tribute page.

A Washington State Patrol trooper is reportedly resting and in good spirits, after taking a bullet to the head from an armed man who fired two shots at him as he prepared a vehicle for towing, the Seattle Times reports.

A manhunt is underway for the man who emerged from a dark street, mumbled words and shot Trooper Scott Johnson on the Long Beach Peninsula near Oregon.

Johnson was able to get off a shot prior to the man fleeing the scene; the shooting occured at about 12:40 a.m. Saturday.

Johnson is a 25-year decorated veteran of the state patrol.

A Facebook page quickly drew 2,145 supporters (as of Sunday evening) for Johnson who posted well-wishes for the trooper. Since Halloween, nine members of Washington's law enforcement ranks have been shot and six have died (including the four killed in the Lakewood coffeehouse ambush).

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