PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Authorities have released the name of the DPS trooper who was involved in a deadly shooting a Valley freeway over the Memorial Day weekend. The incident helped fan the flames of protests against police departments policies in the Valley.
911 calls from Dion Johnson shooting:
Demonstrations have been pretty peaceful this week.
Early May 25 DPS Trooper George Cervantes was in the area of the Loop 101 and Tatum Boulevard and saw a car parked in the gore point, partially blocking traffic. Cervantes saw a 28-year-old man, identified as Dion Johnson, sleeping in the vehicle. After some type of "struggle", Cervantes fired his weapon hitting Johnson. He died later at a local hospital.
A man is dead after a shooting involving the Arizona Department of Public Safety on Memorial Day morning.
The investigation into the shooting was conducted by the Phoenix Police Department, while the AZDPS’ Internal Affairs did an internal investigation. Both investigations are complete. The Phoenix Police Department has given their investigation to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO) to review.
The Maricopa County Attorney's Office said Wednesday morning that it will review the Dion Johnson case to determine if charges will be filed against the DPS troopers involved.
Trooper George Cervantes is a 15-year veteran with the DPS and he remains on administrative leave. He has previous complaints on his record with allegations of racial profiling and discourteous treatment, according to official documentation.