Funeral to be held Friday for fallen officer

Man, woman connected to shooting have minor criminal histories

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 3 2013 11:45 a.m. MDT

DRAPER — Police have identified the two people connected with the fatal weekend shooting of a Draper police sergeant.

Timothy Troy Walker, 35, the alleged shooter, and Traci Lee Vaillancourt, 34, both remained in critical condition Tuesday at Intermountain Medical Center, police said.

Both have relatively minor criminal histories, according to state court records.

Walker was convicted of misdemeanor disorderly conduct in 2000. Vaillancourt was convicted of felony theft in 2004 and sentenced to probation and community service. She currently has a shoplifting charge, a misdemeanor, pending in South Jordan Justice Court.

Both are also listed in a case involving the guardianship of a minor child.

Walker's last listed address was in Sandy, not far from the scene of the fatal shooting. Vaillancourt's last listed address in court documents was in Murray. Investigators believe, however, they had been homeless and were living out of a silver Volvo.

As of Tuesday, neither person was under arrest. But Unified police officers and detectives, who are in charge of the shooting investigation, were stationed at the hospital around the clock. Investigators had been unable to interview them as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Funeral services for Draper Police Sgt. Derek Johnson will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at the Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple in Salt Lake City. A public viewing will be held Thursday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., also at the Salt Palace.

The interment will be at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 E. Dimple Dell Road (10600 South).

"The streets of Draper city were made safer by Sgt. Derek Johnson who loved his job as a police officer for the Draper City Police Department," Johnson's family noted in his obituary. "Understanding the risk, but wanting to protect, he gave his life while on duty Sept. 1, 2013, at the age of 32."

The Alta High School graduate married his middle school sweetheart, Shante Sidwell, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in 2000. Johnson is survived by his wife and son, his 6-year-old "little buddy" Bensen.

"He was the recipient of many awards, including Life Saving Award, Distinguished Service Award, and was the 2012 Community Policing Officer of the Year. With a good nature, a sense of humor that could light up any room, attention to detail and the ability to make anyone his friend. He made a difference. He loved his family, hunting, running, hiking and giving service. He was always up for a good challenge," family members wrote.

Johnson drove up on a Volvo parked in an unusual manner at 13200 S. Fort St. shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday. Before he even got out of his vehicle, he was shot multiple times. The first contact he had with police dispatchers was an unintelligible call he made after he was shot.

He drove a short distance before crashing into a tree.

Johnson was pronounced dead Sunday at a local hospital after being pulled from his mangled police car. Officers responding to the scene said they also found Walker and Vaillancourt in critical conditions suffering from gunshot wounds. Officials believe Walker shot the woman before shooting himself.

The car had been seen in several locations in Salt Lake County. Earlier, the car had been in an accident near 13800 South and 900 East.

Victoria King, Vaillancourt's sister, said when her sister and Walker showed up at her house Saturday, she was afraid of them.

"(Walker) got out of the car and he was all hyper, pulling out a gun that had a laser on it and a machete on the side, and some little knives he had in pockets and stuff," King said. "They wanted a place to stay or some money."

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