Man shot in foot chase gets 8-year sentence

A man shot by a narcotics investigator during a foot chase on 10th Street was sentenced to eight years in prison Monday for assault and drug charges.

Phillip Jernod Johnson, 23, must also serve five years’ probation as a condition of his guilty plea to aggravated assault, possession of cocaine with the intent to distribute and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

The charges stem from May 5, when Richmond County sheriff’s investigators patrolling the 1100 block of 10th Street saw Johnson leave a known drug house. Investigator Julio Concepcion gave chase when Johnson ran off.

During the chase, Johnson pointed a handgun at Concepcion, who drew his own handgun and fired a shot that hit Johnson in the foot, Assistant District Attorney Adam Land told Superior Court Judge Wade Padgett.

Johnson tossed his weapon and a bag holding 8 grams of cocaine over a fence and continued running, but was captured shortly after, Land said.

Land said several people in the area saw what happened and “for the most part the story was corroborated.”

Attorney Pete Theodocion said on Johnson’s behalf that his client’s sole concern was getting rid of the weapon, not harming the officer.

“It’s a tricky case from a lot of perspectives,” Theodocion said.

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