CRIME

Man who shot, killed Northern California officer is found dead; unclear if he killed himself

This undated photo provided by the San Jose Police Department shows San Jose Police Officer Michael Johnson. Johnson was fatally shot by Scott Dunham on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, launching an hourslong manhunt. The search ended when Dunham was found dead early Wednesday on his apartment balcony, San Jose police spokesman Albert Morales said. (AP Photo/San Jose Police Department)

This undated photo provided by the San Jose Police Department shows San Jose Police Officer Michael Johnson. Johnson was fatally shot by Scott Dunham on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, launching an hourslong manhunt. The search ended when Dunham was found dead early Wednesday on his apartment balcony, San Jose police spokesman Albert Morales said. (AP Photo/San Jose Police Department)  (The Associated Press)

A man who shot and killed a Northern California police officer responding to a call that he was threatening to commit suicide was found dead on his apartment balcony.

San Jose police spokesman Albert Morales says 57-year-old Scott Dunham killed San Jose police Officer Michael Johnson, a 14-year veteran, on Tuesday night.

Johnson and other officers were met with gunfire as they approached Dunham's San Jose apartment building.

Dunham was found dead at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday on his balcony with at least one gunshot wound. It was unclear if he killed himself or died when officers returned fire.

After Johnson was shot, officers searched the area for the gunman and evacuated nearby homes.

The last San Jose officer killed in the line of duty was Jeffrey Fontana, who was shot during a vehicle stop in 2001.