NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - More details about the officer-involved shooting that killed Joshua "Omar" Johnson were revealed in a Norfolk courtroom Tuesday when his girlfriend -- and passenger at the time of the shooting -- admitted guilt for offenses related to the incident.
On May 20, Johnson and 21-year-old Virgie May Hairston were in a vehicle in the drive through of the Wells Fargo at Colonial Avenue and West 21st Street. They were trying to cash a check when a teller called 911 and reported them trying to pass a bad check. Two officers responded to Johnson's vehicle, and one opened fire on Johnson, who was shot and killed. Hairston was arrested and charged with conspiring to commit or assist in larceny.
Police say Johnson -- the driver -- used his vehicle as a weapon against one officer right before the other officer shot eleven rounds into the vehicle. Hairston and Johnson's family and friends said the fatal shots were unjustified.
On Tuesday in Norfolk Circuit Court, 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.
Between April 22 and April 25, the two stole money from a couple through a Navy Federal Credit Union checking account belonging to Erica Moore. Moore allowed Hairston and Johnson to deposit checks stolen from the victims into her account, using her account information, and then withdraw the available funds. Hairston and Johnson successfully stole a total of $3,100.00 in this way.
Court documents also show Hairston and Johnson stole a woman's vehicle and used it in the May 20 incident. The two drove the vehicle up to the Wells Fargo drive through teller window and attempted to cash a stolen check belonging to the vehicle's owner. The teller called the victim, learned the check was stolen and contacted police, who sent two officers to the scene.
The victims in both schemes did not know Hairston and Johnson.
Hairston reached a plea agreement with the Commonwealth of Virginia in court Tuesday. 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 from the NFCU as well as court costs. She would also be placed on probation.
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