Charleston police officer shot, wounded in line of duty to be honored

Charleston Patrolman E. Seth Johnson,will be honored Tuesday after he was shot and wounded in the line of duty in 2017. (Charleston Police Department)

A Charleston police officer who was shot and wounded in the line of duty is receiving an award for his actions.

Patrolman E. Seth Johnson will be receiving the Point Blank National SAVES Recognition Award 1 p.m. Tuesday in Charleston City Council Chambers on the third floor of City Hall, according to a news release from the Charleston Police Department.

On Nov. 16, 2017, Johnson responded to a burglary in progress at 610 Albert St. in Charleston. Police said Johnson was immediately shot by the suspect, Seth Hardwick, when he entered the residence. The bullet struck Johnson in the front upper torso region, which was protected by his Point Blank brand bulletproof vest.

After being shot, Johnson was able to return fire, killing Hardwick.

The award is being presented by Point Blank Enterprises.

Ironically, Johnson is the son of Eric Johnson, the current police chief of Yeager Airport who is a former Charleston officer who was shot twice in 2006 while working undercover in Kanawha City. Eric Johnson returned fire, killing the suspect, who had a lengthy criminal record.

In November 2015, Seth Johnson was recognized with a U.S. Attorney Award for Distinguished Service. Johnson and Patrolman Nick Castleman were the first Charleston police to use Naxolone on duty to treat an overdose. The two officers responded to an overdose call and used their training to quickly assess the situation and administer the drug to stop a heroin overdose and save a person’s life.

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