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Man shot by Richmond County narcotics officer arrested

Monday, May 7, 2012 5:32 PM
Last updated 9:41 PM
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The man shot in the foot Saturday by a narcotics officer has been arrested, authorities said.

Johnson  Richmond County Sheriff's Office photo
Richmond County Sheriff's Office photo

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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Conservative Man
Conservative Man 05/07/12 - 06:02 pm
Pointing a gun at an officer?

Pointing a gun at an officer? He's lucky he only got shot in the foot....

RoadkiII 05/07/12 - 06:58 pm
Al, Jesse??

Al, Jesse??

kenstepp 05/07/12 - 07:16 pm
You Can't Do That

If a person will point a gun at a law enforcement officer they have no boundaries. He's lucky to be alive. The question is are we lucky he's still alive. What if he gets out in 6 months ? What's the next level for Mr Johnson's criminal career ? Hopefully the judge will do what is necessary.

Georgialina 05/08/12 - 07:22 am
Needs Some Range Time

The foot??? Why not between the eyes? If this scumbag had pulled a gun on me, his family would be having a reunion now telling each other how "good of a person he was".

Frank I
Frank I 05/08/12 - 10:03 am
That's because CCSD has, in

That's because CCSD has, in the past, had issue with abuse of power when investigating tips of suspicious characters.. I know this because I was on the receiving end of this abuse of power.

dstewartsr 05/09/12 - 07:54 pm
Good move

Shooting this individual in the foot, though not my first choice, was a good move by the officer. Dispassionately, imagine if he HAD taken a double tap on center mass; we'd have dime-copy Al's and Jessee's --including a couple of commissioners -- rallying the community how, "Another poor innocent black youth was gunned down like a dog in the streets." Instead of a martyr, we have this 'role model' clown-hopping around on crutches.

Also good work arresting him once he was released- the public paid his hospital bill of course, but it didn't come out of the Sheriff's budget. An ER/hospital gunshot treatment runs about the same as six month's deputy's pay.

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