Man shot by Richmond County narcotics officer arrested

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The man shot in the foot Saturday by a narcotics officer has been arrested, authorities said.

Philip Johnson, 22, was released from the hospital and sent to jail on charges of theft by receiving, aggravated assault on a police officer, possession of firearm during the commission of a crime, and possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute, according to jail records.

About 4 p.m. Saturday, a narcotics squad was checking a house in the 1100 block of 10th Avenue because of a tip it was being used as a drug house, Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength said.

When officers arrived, Johnson was leaving the house and ran when he spotted the officers. While running, he tossed some drugs and pulled out a handgun. He pointed it at an officer who shot Johnson in the foot, according to authorities.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation was called to investigate, which is department policy in a shooting involving an officer.

Assistant Agent in Charge Pat Morgan said the GBI has nearly finished interviews. After it gets forensics back on the firearm involved, the findings will go to the District Attorney’s Office. The DA will decide if the case needs to move forward with a grand jury, Morgan said.

 

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