KHQ EXCLUSIVE: 'Sheriff Knezovich Hasn't Called Or Talked To Me - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

KHQ EXCLUSIVE: 'Sheriff Knezovich Hasn't Called Or Talked To Me Since The Shooting'

Posted: Updated:
Deputy Eric Johnson is an 18 year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, but has not been able to return to work since an incident where two deputies were shot Deputy Eric Johnson is an 18 year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, but has not been able to return to work since an incident where two deputies were shot
SPOKANE, Wash. -

It's been nearly 18 months since Charles Wallace opened fire on two Spokane County Deputies, hitting them both. Since then, four deputies were placed on medical leave; the two who were shot, Matt Spink and Mike Northway, and two others who were suffering from post-traumatic stress. One of the two suffering from post-traumatic stress is Deputy Eric Johnson. Johnson is an 18 year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, but has not been able to return to work since the incident. Johnson arrived on scene less than a minute after his two co-workers were shot. Johnson said he's been at hundreds of shootings, but this one was different.

"They're like family," Johnson said. "You spend more time with these folks than you do with your own families."

Now Johnson may soon be out of a job because doctors say he may not be able to return to work in his current role ever again. A few weeks ago he was sent a personnel memorandum of understanding stating that he was going to be released from his position "due to medical reasons."

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich says that's not entirely true. He says that his office has provided the family with several options: 1. Take another position within the county, 2. Take full medical retirement, 3. Go back to school with help from the county. The Johnson family says they have never heard of these options. The family says not only have they not heard of them, the union president has not heard of them and neither has the lawyer they have been working with.

"I have received a lot of support from my co-workers, but from the administration itself, none," Johnson said. "Sheriff Knezovich hasn't called or talked to me since the shooting."

"I'm not the person he wants to hear from. He made that very clear. Very clear," Sheriff Knezovich said.

Sheriff Knezovich said Johnson is still mad at him following past disciplinary issues, but the family says he does not have any disciplinary problems on file in his 18 year history with the county.

"He's just not the same person. He seems to be forever altered," Johnson's wife Margarita Johnson said. "Our life has been on hold while he's trying to fight this. My workload has gone up because his full time job is trying to get better."

The Johnson's say if any of the possible options are presented to them they would be happy to consider them at that time, but as of right now all they say they have is a notice of possible release due to medical reasons.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Priest Lake lots auctioned off

    PHOTOS: Priest Lake lots auctioned off

    Thursday, August 28 2014 8:46 PM EDT2014-08-29 00:46:58 GMT
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - 61 cottages sites on Priest Lake were auctioned off in Coeur d'Alene on Thursday. >>
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - 61 cottages sites on Priest Lake were auctioned off in Coeur d'Alene on Thursday. For years, those already living on the sites leased the land from the State of Idaho, but the State was looking to sell. Residents already living on the sites showed up on Thursday to buy them back, and many were successful. 


    >>
  • Viral Video: Little boy's hysterical response to mother's pregnancy

    Viral Video: Little boy's hysterical response to mother's pregnancy

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:29 AM EDT2014-08-29 14:29:39 GMT
    KHQ.COM - When Shanee Gibson Hart of Fort Lewis, Washington, shared the news about her pregnancy with her son, Tré, she thought he would be thrilled. Instead, his reaction was a little different than expected. "This is exasperating!" Tré exclaimed. "Why you want to get another baby?...That doesn't make no sense!">>
    KHQ.COM - When Shanee Gibson Hart of Fort Lewis, Washington, shared the news about her pregnancy with her son, Tré, she thought he would be thrilled. Instead, his reaction was a little different than expected. "This is exasperating!" Tré exclaimed. "Why you want to get another baby?...That doesn't make no sense!"
    >>
  • Priest Lake Auction: Saying goodbye to home

    Priest Lake Auction: Saying goodbye to home

    Wednesday, August 27 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-08-28 02:50:23 GMT
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - After years of obstacles for 61 Priest Lake lot lessees, the end comes on Thursday, August 28th. >>
    PRIEST LAKE, Idaho - After years of obstacles for 61 Priest Lake lot lessees, the end comes on Thursday, August 28th. People who have been leasing land from the state, some more than 40 years, will find out if they get to keep their property in an auction.Back in 2010, the State of Idaho decided to divest more than 300 lake lots on Priest Lake.
    >>
  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • All WA, ID, MT, Albertsons stores affected by security breach

    All WA, ID, MT, Albertsons stores affected by security breach

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 23:37:54 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Earlier this month Albertsons announced a data breach affecting customers who shopped in their stores any time between June 22, 2014 and July 17, 2014. >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Earlier this month Albertsons announced a data breach affecting customers who shopped in their stores any time between June 22, 2014 and July 17, 2014. Before Friday, it was unclear which stores were impacted, but fraud investigators with AB Acquisition LLC, the company Albertsons is using to provide complimentary consumer identity protection services to customers, says that the breach impacts all stores in Washington, Idaho, and Montana.>>
  • PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    PHOTOS: Hobo Spider season has arrived

    Friday, August 29 2014 5:37 PM EDT2014-08-29 21:37:17 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.>>
    KHQ.COM - Mid August is about the time that we start to see spiders come into our homes, particularly the hobo spider. August and September is mating season for the hobo and that means you may be seeing more funnel-like webs in and around your home. Males are on a mission to find a female which is why they are a lot more active at this time.
    >>
  • Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Identifies Five Easy Ways to Spot Suspicious Calls

    Scam Phone Calls Continue; IRS Identifies Five Easy Ways to Spot Suspicious Calls

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:22 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:22:12 GMT
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following was sent out by the Internal Revenue Service:The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS. >>
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following was sent out by the Internal Revenue Service:The Internal Revenue Service issued a consumer alert today providing taxpayers with additional tips to protect themselves from telephone scam artists calling and pretending to be with the IRS. These callers may demand money or may say you have a refund due and try to trick you into sharing private information. >>