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Police identify officer involved in fatal Longview shooting

Johnny Lyons (Source: Longview Police Department) Johnny Lyons (Source: Longview Police Department)
Regan Wagner (Source: KLTV staff) Regan Wagner (Source: KLTV staff)
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - Police have released the identity of the officer involved in the August 7 shooting death of a 23-year-old Longview man.

Kristie Brian with the Longview Police Department says Johnny Lyons was the officer who shot Regan Marshall Wagner during a traffic stop near Akin Park in Longview.

Lyons has spent the majority of his law enforcement career at the Longview Police Department. Before spending 22 years with that department he spent a month at the Tarrant County Sheriff's office as a jailer. According to state records, Lyons has a master peace officer's license and 2,800 hours of training.  In 2013, Lyons took courses in the use of force, less lethal device training, defensive tactics and firearms.

Police say just before 4 p.m. on August 7, Lyons made a traffic stop in the 400 block of Delwood drive near Akin Park. During the traffic stop there was gunfire. Longview police officer Kristie Brian said Wagner was transported to Longview Regional Hospital with life-threatening injuries where he died on that night.

Wagner was arrested in 2013 for making a threat against a public servant. In 2014, Wagner pleaded guilty to making abusive 911 calls and threatening a police officer in September. In those calls, Wagner called Longview 911 twelve times between 11 p.m. and 12:15 a.m.

Lyons was not injured and has been placed on administrative leave while the Texas Rangers complete an investigation.

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