NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The Norfolk Commonwealth's Attorney announced Friday the deadly force used in the officer-involved shooting of Joshua "Omar" Johnson was justified.
In a letter to Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith, Commonwealth's Attorney Greg Underwood shared his office's legal review of the officer-involved shooting on May 20 at the Wells Fargo Bank on Colonial Avenue. The nine-page report detailed the factual findings, forensic investigation and legal analysis of the case and ultimately vindicated the actions of officer who killed Johnson.
"I have concluded the use of force through discharge of a firearm by Officer M. Watson to protect the safety of Officer Watson's partner, Norfolk Police Officer M. Williams, and to apprehend Joshua A. Johnson, age 22, was appropriate and justified under the circumstances," Underwood wrote in the letter.
The investigation into the incident revealed Johnson and his girlfriend, 21-year-old Virgie May Hairston, were in a vehicle in the drive through of the Wells Fargo, trying to cash a bad check. A teller called 911 and reported them and two officers responded.
Police say Johnson -- the driver -- used his vehicle as a weapon against Officer Williams right before Officer Watson shot eleven rounds into the vehicle. Johnson was killed at the scene. Hairston was arrested and charged with conspiring to commit or assist in larceny.
Hairston forwent a trial and admitted guilt to two counts of conspiracy to obtain money by false pretenses. Court documents show Hairston admitted involvement in two schemes with Johnson that eventually led to his death.
Hairston reached a plea agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia in court August 13. If approved by a judge, the agreement would sentence her to ten years in prison, all suspended if she stays in good behavior for five years and repays the money stolen as well as court costs. She would also be placed on probation.
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