Texas angler killed in attempted robbery

aajohnsonGanado resident James “Jimmy” Johnson, 56, was killed Sunday night in Jackson, Miss., after allegedly attempting to stop someone from robbing his boat.

Johnson was fishing in the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Central Open on Ross Barnett Reservoir.

According to the Jackson Police Department, Johnson was fatally shot at the Motel 6 off Interstate 55 in Jackson where he and his wife were staying. He was pronounced dead at the scene by police.

“I met him through fishing,” said Boerne Marine owner Ken Parker, who was Johnson’s main sponsor. “We earned his business through our service department and became a sponsor of his. He was a great guy. He would give you the shirt off his back. I don’t know a single person that would say a bad thing about Jimmy.”

Parker said it is a shame to lose a great guy to something so small as a theft.

“That is about as sorry as you can get,” he said. “For someone who would do anything for anybody to be taken in such a meaningless way is really tragic. He was a great husband and really focused the last few years on taking care of his mother.

“It really is a shame.”

UPDATE: Jackson police arrested a 17-year-old man Tuesday night for the shooting death of Johnson. Jackson police said in a news release that Shun Brown “confessed to being responsible for the death” of James “Jimmy” Johnson.

Brown has been charged with capital murder.