CHIEF: Officer Used Appropriate Force In Deadly Shooting

Greenville police say an officer who shot and killed an armed robbery suspect has been cleared in an internal probe.

Corporal Scott Johnson returned to duty today, that from Chief William Anderson.

Johnson had been on paid administrative leave since last month's shooting in a Stantonsburg Road parking lot.

Killed was John Wainwright of Farmville who police say robbed the Rite Aid pharmacy across the street from Pitt County Memorial Hospital. Just after the armed robbery, officers pulled Wainwright over in the ECU Nuerosurgical and Spine Associates parking lot. They say he was on the ground, but then jumped up and tried to get back into his truck. Police say there was a gun inside the truck, and Corporal Johnson shot and killed Wainwright.

Anderson says their internal probe says Johnson used appropriate force in the shooting. An SBI investigation to determine whether charges should be filed in the shooting has yet to be completed


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  • by Anonymous on May 21, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    a gunfight by not allowing him to get the gun. If he had allowed a 'gun fight'- many other ppl could have died. Sorry for the loss of this man's life, but he should have stayed where he was, or not had a gun on him, or not taken a gun in a store and robbed it for drugs, or gotten help for his addiction problems... every one wants to 2nd guess what happened, but when it's your family that ends up the victim of a drug addicts actions--u'll wish someone had stopped them sooner.
  • by JusticeForAll on May 20, 2011 at 07:51 PM
    Corporal Johnson should get a medal. The law-abiding citizens of Greenville should be stopping into the police department EVERY DAY for the next month, offering to buy him lunch, for making Greenville "one thug safer".
  • by jim Location: ec on May 19, 2011 at 09:09 PM
    time for people to take responsibility for there actions.you rob a store with a gun and get caught you just might die.you make the decision to resist an officer,it is not going to end well for you.yes i feel for his family but he made a decision.that decision cost him his life.i am sure gpd would have rather been writing tickets or eating donuts but were called to action because of the decision he made.cause and effect,a real simple program.
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      by sickntired on May 20, 2011 at 12:19 PM in reply to jim
      totally agree with you Jim. GPD officers do not want to hurt anyone. But they have to do their jobs and if there is a threatening situation, they must act accordingly. to all those "cop haters" out there, instead of being an armchair quarterback and complaining about what the officer "should have" done...why don't you get out there and become an officer and then tell everyone how easy the job is. Salute to GPD! another thug off the streets! he could have just obeyed the officer and he would be alive. I have NO sympathy for the suspect, i do have sympathy for his family and, for the officer who has to live with the fact that a man is dead by his hand.
  • by Bang on May 19, 2011 at 07:59 PM
    Need more people to get their concealed handgun permits - this guy could have been taken down in the pharmacy before he ever got to his truck. Good job GPD.
  • by Turtle Dove on May 19, 2011 at 07:38 PM
    Lonesome Dove...you are a moron. Tell your babies not to violently rob others while being armed and then attempt to get a gun to fire upon law enforcement..."trigger happy?" You and people with your mindset are they problem in this country
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      by Young on May 20, 2011 at 02:44 AM in reply to Turtle Dove
      From your comment I believe you have the law laid down on what a one track mind is.
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        by to young on May 20, 2011 at 06:41 AM in reply to Young
        young....i guess you know all the answers. You are the one who apparently has a one track mind.
  • by Frank Sinatra Location: Heaven on May 19, 2011 at 06:33 PM
    I know there are many people that want to find fault in everything a police officer does. But when you fail to listen to commands when someone in uniform is pointing a weapon at you and you reach for a weapon you become history and just a statistic. This was a good shoot from all I have read.
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      by Young on May 19, 2011 at 07:01 PM in reply to Frank Sinatra
      Well Frank, you appanrently need glasses to read because you missed alot of facts. Go back to the first grade and learn to read again and this time wear glasses.
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        by bs on May 19, 2011 at 08:53 PM in reply to Young
        young, breathing is easier if you pull your head from that dark hole you got it in. What FACTS did frank miss? Keep in mind I said facts not your alcohol induced rambling.
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        by Really? on May 19, 2011 at 09:59 PM in reply to Young
        I would stop commenting because you sound ignorant. I understand that you may have known this person...?? But right is right and wrong is wrong and this man broke the law putting everyone whom he pointed that gun at in that Rite Aid store's life at stake for the sake of his habit. Now quit acting silly before someone puts the "young" toddler in the corner lol, calling people names, really, smh
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          by Young on May 20, 2011 at 02:40 AM in reply to Really?
          You sound like a person that has ignorant down to a T all by yourself.
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        by Surely you jest on May 20, 2011 at 10:07 AM in reply to Young
        Young, surely you must be on here simply to aggitate people as your comments are juvenile and antagonistic. The simple fact of the matter is that a man went for his gun and the police responded by using deadly force. Article 35 The justification for the use of physical and deadly physical force clearly states that deadly physical force is authorized in this situation. Is that clear or do you need it spelled out in crayon? Grow up, respond only if you have something intelligent to respond with, otherwise I suggest that you go back to kindergarten.
  • by Lonesome Dove on May 19, 2011 at 06:33 PM
    Ladies watch your babies because this could happen to anyones child with trigger happy fingers. Where is this dash cam video that is supposed to be made public for everyone to see what actually happened????
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      by bs on May 19, 2011 at 07:21 PM in reply to Lonesome Dove
      sorry dove but this man knew what he was doing when he did it. He had a pill addiction, got caught doing something very stupid and made his move. You may not like the out come but he knew what he was doing when he jumped in that truck.
  • by Good Job Location: Eastern on May 19, 2011 at 05:38 PM
    Facts are simple and the job was done right!!!!! Guy robs store with GUN, then is caught and is on ground, which force was not used cause he didnt have the gun then. After refusing commands and running to the truck where the GUN is then is shot. The suspect decided how it ended. If the suspect stayed down it would have been an arrest. Good job GPD.
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      by Young on May 19, 2011 at 06:15 PM in reply to Good Job
      You wouldn't know a GOOD JOB if it slapped you in the face.
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        by bs on May 19, 2011 at 07:16 PM in reply to Young
        really young? are you just going to pop off on liners that make absolutley no sense because you lost the bringing a tazer to a gun fight discussion? This was nothing more than suicide by cop. Stop trying to be a monday morning quarterback when you dont even know the rules.
  • by Blake on May 19, 2011 at 05:25 PM
    If anyone should have done something different, it was the drug addicted, gun toting robber. Good shot GPD!
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      by Young on May 19, 2011 at 06:13 PM in reply to Blake
      Must be a young dummy with no kids.
  • by Steve on May 19, 2011 at 03:47 PM
    Wouldn't expect any other decision. Cops got each others back, just the silent code working, like any other gang.
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      by porkchop on May 19, 2011 at 04:13 PM in reply to Steve
      Next time you need help call a thug.
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        by Young on May 19, 2011 at 06:45 PM in reply to porkchop
        Are you applying for the job, THUG?
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          by porkchop on May 20, 2011 at 06:27 AM in reply to Young
          Naw, I've got a job. You should try an find one.
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