OWEN COUNTY, Indiana — The mother of a man who was killed after a standoff with police that lasted more than 30 hours says her son was suffering from PTSD and medical marijuana could have helped him.
Mason Johnson, 31, was holding hostages in an Owen County, Indiana home when he was shot and killed by police earlier this month.
“My heart is broken. No child should have to die like that,” said Jade Griffin. “His life was ended by his own demise from his mental breakdown from PTSD.”
Griffin said Mason had served in Iraq when he was 19 years old and had several traumatic experiences during his time there. Those experiences led to significant mental health issues in the years that followed.
“His friend died. His sergeant was gravely injured,” said Griffin. “The ugliness of war every day – he wondered if it was going to be his last.”
Griffin shared her thoughts and support for legalizing medical marijuana at a press conference held by