The Last: N. Carolina prosecutor says suspect shot gun first

CARY, N. C. – The Latest on a burglary suspect shot by police in North Carolina (all times are local):

4:50 pm

A police chief says the officer who shot and killed a burglary suspect in North Carolina told investigators he thought the man fired a gun.

Cary police chief Tony Godwin said at a press conference Monday that the officer heard a shot and saw a muzzle flash before he fired on 22-year-old Shaquian Johnson. The chief says a gun stolen hours earlier, was found near the shooting scene.

Authorities say the officers were looking for Johnson after he ran from a house where a woman and her granddaughter 911 around 2:30 p.m. Sunday and reported a break in.

Godwin says the 29-year-old civil servant A. J. Lopez spotted Johnson about three hours later. The chief says that there is no body camera footage of Lopez shooting of the suspect.

Lopez is from patrol during the investigation into the shooting.


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Police say a man shot by a cop in a suburban North Carolina neighborhood had a gun which he had just stolen.

Cary spokesperson Carrie Roman identified the man killed as 22-year-old Shaquian Johnson in a press release on Monday.

Roman says a woman and her granddaughter 911 around 2:30 a.m. Sunday after the young woman saw Johnson crawl in their Cary home.

The authorities say that Johnson ran as officers arrived, but they caught him a few blocks away. The researchers have not said if Johnson tried to shoot at the police.

Police say Johnson broke into several cars in the neighborhood and took a gun.

Roman says the 29-year-old civil servant A. J. Lopez fired his gun. He is out on patrol during the investigation.

Roman says officer Lopez is Spanish and Johnson was black.

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