Guitarist From 90’s Band Killed By Police Officers


Former Mayfield Four guitarist Craig A. Johnson was shot and killed by police officers a few weeks ago. Mayfield Four was Alter Bridge/Slash & The Conspirators singer Myles Kennedy’s former band.

The Spokesman-Review

The man shot by Bonner County Sheriff’s deputies in Coolin, Idaho, Tuesday has been identified as 50-year-old Craig A. Johnson, who worked from home as a real estate agent and at a bar down the street one night a week.

Idaho State Police investigators overseeing the case have released little information into the shooting. Initial reports indicate deputies went to Johnson’s home to serve a felony arrest warrant when he “exhibited hostile behavior to the deputies” and was shot, according to ISP. He died in the back of an ambulance on the way to a nearby medical helicopter. The deputies reported that he was armed at the time of the shooting.

Johnson did not have a prior criminal record. The case involving the warrant has been sealed and is not yet available to the public. However, the list of felony warrants on the Sheriff’s Office web page indicates that a warrant was issued Monday for aggravated assault on certain law enforcement. The bond is listed at $30,000.

The article later states:

As a young man, Johnson played rhythm guitar for Citizen Swing, a Spokane band fronted by Myles Kennedy that released two albums before disbanding in 1996. Kennedy launched Mayfield Four, with Johnson still on guitar. The band signed a record deal with Epic Records in 1996 and released two albums and a EP before splitting up in 2002. Johnson left the group before the second album was released, according to AllMusic.

In a Facebook post, Mayfield Four bass player Marty Meisner lamented the death of his childhood friend. “I never had the chance to tell Craig how much I have missed him,” he wrote. “I never had the chance to sit down with him and let him know what an amazing part of growing up he played in my life.”