Police officer charged with assaulting utility workers accepts plea deal, set to retire

BATON ROUGE — A Baton Rouge police officer who was arrested and charged with assaulting utility workers in 2022 will be on probation, pay a fine and give up his gun as part of a new plea agreement.

Donald Johnson, Jr. was arrested after pointing a gun at utility workers who were digging holes in his backyard in May 2022, arrest documents show. The workers called their supervisors who also reportedly had a gun pointed at them by Johnson.

Johnson told East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s deputies that he was armed with a gun, but he claims that he never removed it from the holster.

In court December 4, Johnson accepted a felony plea deal for assaulting a victim with a dangerous weapon. Part of that plea deal requires Johnson be on probation for three years and complete community service. He’ll also be required to pay fines, remain alcohol and drug free, refrain from criminal conduct, and obtain mental health evaluations. The plea also says that Johnson cannot possess a firearm.

Sources tell UWK that Johnson is retiring from the Baton Rouge Police Department.

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