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Police: Craig man threatened recently hospitalized lover with gun

A Craig man is facing felony charges in a Wednesday domestic violence incident.

Derrick Daniel Johnson, 38, was arrested on a felony charge of menacing, representing a deadly weapon.

According to an arrest affidavit compiled by Craig Police Department Officer Grant Laehr, police responded to a home in Craig on Wednesday after dispatch reported they had an open 911 line and a disturbance was taking place.

When police arrived, the affidavit said they soon found the victim/caller “wearing only pajama pants and using crutches” who “came rapidly out the door. (The victim) appeared scared and to be trying to get away from someone inside.”

Derrick Daniel Johnson
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Police said they soon found Johnson inside the kitchen of the home and tried to find out what happened.

“(The victim) recently had surgery on (the victim’s) leg and this was the first time (the victim) was able to get off the couch. (The victim) state (the victim) was scared. (The victim) told me (the victim) asked Derrick for rent money and he started yelling,” the affidavit said. “Derrick began throwing things around and breaking things. As some point, Derrick told (the victim) that if (the victim) called police, he Derrick was going to shoot (the victim) then himself. (The victim) said (the victim) felt scared and was worried he might follow through with his threat.

Apparently, there was a firearm in the home Johnson could have used to carry out the threat.

“(The victim) told me they do have a gun in the house and it was in the bedroom,” police said in the affidavit. “(The victim) stated (the victim) dialed 911 and was only able to get an address out before Derrick came back into the room. (The victim) quickly put the phone down so Derrick would not see it.”

Police said the victim and Johnson were in a relationship for about one year and had been living together for about six months.

When police spoke to Johnson, they said he initially denied threatening to shoot the victim and didn’t want to hurt the victim, saying instead it was the victim who threatened him first. When police advised Johnson there was an open 911 line during their confrontation, Johnson later admitted to threatening to shoot the victim.

“I asked what threat (the victim) made and he told me that (the victim) threatened to call the police on him,” police said in the affidavit. “Derrick ultimately admitted to making the threat … to scare (the victim), to keep (the victim) from calling police.”

Police said they later listened to the almost five-minute 911 call.

“During the call, (the victim) says “you threatened me with a gun.” Derrick replied, “Yes, if you call the cops on me.”

Johnson was booked into the Moffat County Jail Wednesday, Dec. 11 on a $500 public recognizance bond, which he posted the next day, Dec. 12. Johnson is scheduled to appear Dec. 17 at 1:30 p.m. in Moffat County courtroom 2M.

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