Witness Captures Fatal Shooting Involving Greenville Officer On Video From A Distance

There's now video on Youtube where you can hear the shots being fired by Greenville Police Corporal Scott Johnson that killed robbery suspect John Wainright after police say he held up a pharmacy at gunpoint last week.

Greenville police say Wainright robbed a Rite Aid Pharmacy for prescription drugs on April 21st at around 2:00 in the afternoon. Fifteen minutes later police pulled Wainwright over in the ECU Neurosurgical parking lot.

According to police, Wainwright tried to get back in his truck after officers had him on the ground. That's when they say officer Johnson fired multiple shots killing Wainwright.

In the Youtube video that a witness shot on a cellphone you can hear four to five shots being fired in under a second.

Police say the SBI is investigating the shooting and Corporal Johnson is on paid administrative leave, both of which are standard procedure in all officer-involved shootings.


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  • by Nice Location: ENC on Apr 30, 2011 at 12:30 AM
    The officer had a split second to make a decision while all of us posting, can sit back and analyze the situation. what if the suspect had concealed a weapon in his waistband? Things could have turned out very different. There are no winners here.
  • by LYNN Location: HAVEN CT on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:12 AM
    TO THE OFFICER THE WORD OF GOD STATES THO SHALT NO KILL.....I BELIEVE THIS COULD OF BEEN HANDLED DIFFERENTLY.THE SUSPECT COULD OF BEEN SHOT ONCE I THOUGHT POLICE COULD ONLY SHOOT BELOW THE WASTE...THAT GPD FOR YOU
  • by FYI on Apr 27, 2011 at 09:18 AM
    Officer Johnson has been cleared to return to work by the SBI he was found to be in the right doing what he had to do. Bottom line is the Wainwright shouldn't have robbed the Rite-Aid with a gun which he placed to the girls head working in the Pharmacy and when he was caught he should have stayed on the ground and not gone for his truck and gun, his death was his fault and his fault only.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2011 at 10:49 AM in reply to FYI
      Surprise!!!!! Surprise!!!!!
  • by Ozone Location: Belhaven on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:40 AM
    Why was he not cuffed? Well I was not there but many times on a felony traffic stop the suspect is ordered out and on the ground face down. At that time the suspect will be ordered to get up and walk backwards toward the officer. You do not approach the suspect. Again I was not there but can say if he did as he was commanded to do he would not have been shot!! Sad situation for the officer and the suspect but glad the officer went home and did what he had to do...
  • by MIKE Location: HAMILTON on Apr 26, 2011 at 08:31 PM
    So whats so great about the cell phone video.You hear several shots within a matter of seconds. The officer did as he was trained to do empty his weapon before he stopped shooting.I don't undestand what all the fuss is.They killed a criminal trying to make it to his weapon in his vehicle.If I couldn't put no better video than that on you tube I wouldn't waste my time.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Apr 26, 2011 at 08:26 PM
    Remember old pete told you about it being filmed.it might come out in the wash.
  • by Kinston on Apr 26, 2011 at 05:11 PM
    I pray for John's family, who has gone through so much and not know and will never know the truth. John does have a family who cares and loves him very much..Shame on you people for your comments..so the police shot him, leave it alone...he does have a family who deserves a little bit of respect..The officer deserves a little respect too..he did shoot someone's son and brother and will have to live with that forever. May God be with all of you and both families..
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      by Okay on Apr 27, 2011 at 04:29 AM in reply to Kinston
      While we do grieve for the victims family, your comments about the officer portray the same 'disrespect' you want for the victim. Remember, the victim was the one who committed an armed robbery. The officer deserves more than 'a little' respect. He deserves respect for keeping our community safe.
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        by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2011 at 05:32 AM in reply to Okay
        He deserves that same thing he dished out.
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          by Russ on Apr 27, 2011 at 08:08 AM in reply to Anonymous
          Please don't reproduce.
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          by HELP! on Apr 29, 2011 at 09:00 PM in reply to Anonymous
          Please pull your lower lip over your head and swallow!
  • by Rich Garner Location: Winterville on Apr 26, 2011 at 04:35 PM
    Good job Greenville PD. Thanks for keeping the streets a bit safer....
  • by To WITN on Apr 26, 2011 at 03:20 PM
    I am very disappointed in WITN for airing this information. Why would you have this as a news story? All you are doing is trying to "stir the pot" some more. How about doing a story on the difference between a normal police stop and a felony stop to help answer the question that so many have about why the suspect was not handcuffed immediately. That would give people more useful information instead of creating another article to allow people to bash the citizens of the community that put their lives on the line each day to protect us! Thank you GPD for all you do!!!
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      by Agreed on Apr 27, 2011 at 04:34 AM in reply to To WITN
      Excellent post. I could not agree more. Instead of posting video that shows nothing, or print an article about the victim's co-workers, WITN should post exactly what you ask for. I was a witness across the street, and no one seems to understand this event at all. The 'High Risk' stop is very different from a regular traffic stop. Thanks to the GPD!
  • by Theresa Location: Martin Co. on Apr 26, 2011 at 02:14 PM
    The officers acted in the proper manner. It is a shame it had to come to this but the man knew what he had done and the price he would have to pay if convicted. Has anyone considered maybe he tried to get back to the truck knowing he would be shot? Suicide by cop is not unheard of. Still all in all, so sad.
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