GBI Special Agent-in-Charge Mike Ayers said it’s the standard procedure for any case in which an officer is involved in a shooting.
“No matter how open or shut it may be,” Ayers said.
The GBI was called to investigate after a narcotics officer shot Phillip Jernodd Johnson, 22, in the foot.
Richmond County Sheriff Ronnie Strength said the narcotics squad was checking a house on the 1100 block of 10th Avenue after receiving a tip it was a drug house when Johnson fled the home, tossed away some drugs and pulled a gun.
Authorities said Johnson pointed the gun at Investigator Julio Concepcion, who shot him in the foot.
Concepcion, 26, has been with the sheriff’s office since November 2007 and has been in the narcotics division since August 2011.
Johnson was released from the hospital and arrested May 6 on charges of theft by receiving stolen property, aggravated assault upon a police officer, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.
Ayers said the district attorney will make a decision about the case after reviewing the GBI case file.
Phillip Jernodd Johnson