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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