Greenville Officer Cleared In Robbery Fatal Shooting

A Greenville police officer who shot and killed an armed robbery suspect will not face any criminal charges. That after the State Bureau of Investigation cleared him in the deadly shooting.

Corporal Scott Johnson had already been cleared by an internal probe into the April 21st shooting of John Wainwright. Police say Wainwright robbed the Rite Aid Pharmacy across from Pitt County Memorial Hospital and officers pulled him over right after the robbery.

They say Wainwright was on the ground, but then tried to get back into his truck where there was a gun.

Johnson returned to duty less than a month after the shooting.


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  • by Just Asking!! Location: Willow/Greenville on Jul 27, 2011 at 12:48 AM
    What is tha CAMERA on tha front of tha Police car 4?? Because when they pull, u all tha bad stuff either happen off Camera or when u go to court, they never show tha tape... Im not saying all police are wrong but breaking people rights or hurting people just because u got a badge is not right. if you gone be a cop, do it tha right way, because breaking tha law is only making u just like tha people u trying to keep off tha streets, A CRIMINAL!!!
  • by young13 Location: gville on Jul 22, 2011 at 09:04 AM
    Did they cuff him...? For the extended period of time that he was laying on the ground face down? Theres cheap talk of this video being released... If you are going to flaunt it then show it... Where is the REAL evidence... Shows us this video there is talk of and promises of showing the public. So that it will cease all this nonsense. My opinion is firm and there is a little something sketchy about GPD, SBI and DA. The video will tell all.
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      by NCLEO on Jul 23, 2011 at 02:22 AM in reply to young13
      When did you graduate Basic Law Enforcement Training? How long have you since been employed as a law enforcement officer? You must be an officer, since you seem to think that you know how this incident should have been handled. HOWEVER, if, as I strongly suspect, you have have never worked a single day of your life in a law enforcement capacity, then it is YOUR opinion that is absolutely meaningless here. It never ceases to amaze me how some people who have never worked in law enforcement think they know how an officer should do his job. Either you should become an officer and show us how it's supposed to be done...or else, keep your worthless opinions to yourself.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 at 05:38 AM
    A robber IS scum, nothing more!!!
  • by Think about it on Jul 21, 2011 at 06:01 PM
    I wonder how many opportunities folks had to prevent this during that day. Perhaps if one person had listened. Perhaps if the police had done what police are supposed to do and secured the scene then deadly force would not have been necessary. How many people crossed his path that day and could have encouraged him or found help for him? How many who read this blog would go to the trouble to try to help someone who is on the wrong track? How many reading would want someone to try to help your brother, son, or father? If I go off the deep end I certainly hope someone extends a hand to try to help me.
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      by Me on Jul 21, 2011 at 07:46 PM in reply to Think about it
      Kind of hard to extend a hand when he's going for a gun. How do you know what police are supposed to do in this situation? Have you been trained in this scenario and the different variations that could occur? This person dictated the actions of the police officer. We don't have to wait and let you shoot at us first before when defend ourselves. He caused everything that happened, beginning with the armed robbery and ending with his failure to obey the lawful orders of the police.
  • by Young on Jul 21, 2011 at 05:07 PM
    No, nothing will come of this because Greenville PD, SBI and DA are all in the same bed together. Telling lies to cover lies. Where's the video, not the beef ,the VIDEO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      by confused@65 on Jul 21, 2011 at 06:08 PM in reply to Young
      I definitely concur with BB !
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        by Young on Jul 21, 2011 at 06:48 PM in reply to confused@65
        I don't see anything in here that asked what you think. Think long, think wrong which is what you are doing.
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          by Anonymous on Jul 22, 2011 at 02:30 AM in reply to Young
          Young, no one has to ask what anyone thinks. This web site is set up so that anyone may offer their opinion. It just so happens that, in this case, YOUR opinion is wrong. A criminal tried to kill a policeman and paid the price. Are we to believe that you'd rather it have been the officer who died here?
  • by BB on Jul 21, 2011 at 04:33 PM
    Great job, Officer!! Keep up the good work!
  • by Anonymous Location: NC on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:43 PM
    You are thinking that something would come from this? (NOT)
  • by JW Location: Grv on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:40 PM
    Now that was an intelligent comment. Since you seem to have such hatred towards law enforcement, I'd love to see your background check! (I'm just a local citizen.)
  • by Lady B on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:17 PM
    It's amazing to me that it's so quick for others pass judgement, yet not once put YOURSELVES in the family's shoes. What if this were your brother, father or friend. To know the family and to know him...he was not a hardened criminal or some thug on the street! This has nothing to do with ethnicity "Interesting." Clearly, this tragic event has left a huge whole in the family's heart!
  • by Young on Jul 21, 2011 at 02:51 PM
    You people are so stupid. It is so crystal clear that you are all cops or BF's of cops. Your comments mean nothing. Zero!
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      by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:30 PM in reply to Young
      The criminal tried to murder a policeman, and threw his own life away by doing so. Are you saying it would have been better if the criminal had succeeded in trying to kill this officer?
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      by ??? on Jul 21, 2011 at 03:53 PM in reply to Young
      I don't condone murder BUT, if a serious crime is committed and that's what's needed at the time to protect others then so be it. How dare you call these people stupid! I'm not a cop or a BF of one but, most of us are tired of all of this crime that's going on in the city that we live in. Get it together.
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      by Me on Jul 21, 2011 at 04:23 PM in reply to Young
      Young, dumb and full of ignorance!
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