NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - The passenger in the officer-involved shooting Monday was arraigned in court Thursday on one charge of conspiracy to obtain money on false pretense, according to Amanda Howie with Norfolk's CA's office.
An officer opened fire on a vehicle in the parking lot of the Wells Fargo at Colonial Avenue and West 21st Street Monday afternoon, after the driver reportedly used his vehicle as a weapon.
The driver, identified as Joshua Johnson, 22, of W. 27th Street in Norfolk, was shot and killed. His female passenger, Virgie May Hairston, 21, was arrested and charged with conspiring to commit or assist in a larceny. She was booked and released Tuesday, according to Paula Miller with the Norfolk Sheriff's Office, and her preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 26.
Hairston told WAVY.com Tuesday she thought the check was legitimate.
The couple tried to cash the check in the drive-through around 2:45 p.m. Police say the teller at the Wells Fargo called 911 to report the two suspects were attempting to pass a bad check.
"We pulled up to the teller and the lady say hold on my computer is messing up," said Hairston. "Police come straight in front of us, and next thing you know, he hopped out the car and started shooting."
Polices say two officers responded to that 911 call. The first officer parked on the opposite side of the building and drew his weapon. He continued to walk behind the car toward the passenger side, while the other officer pulled his police vehicle in front of the suspect vehicle, which was in the drive-through lane closest to the teller window.
That's when police say Johnson put his car in reverse and accelerated, hitting the officer in the leg. The officer was thrown onto the trunk of the car.
But Hairston says neither she or Johnson knew an officer was behind their vehicle.
"I'm sure there wasn't no officer behind us," said Hairston, when asked repeatedly.
Police said the officer in front of the car lost sight of the officer on the trunk, and fired the fatal shots. Eleven bullet holes were in the windshield. Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Eleven to 12 times? Not one, not two," said Hairston, who thinks the shooting was not justified. "It shouldn't even have got to the shots. They should have fired at the tires or something, not at him, not directly at him and me too. I'm in the car. They didn't think. They didn't care. Obviously, they didn't care."
When the vehicle came to a stop, an officer pulled Hairston from the front passenger floor. She was not injured.
Friends of Johnson's in the Park Place neighborhood say he worked several jobs and officiated youth sporting events. They, too, believe police overreacted.
"I told my son and he broke down crying so hard that he threw up," said Kevin Mills, who worked at Andy's Barber Shop with Johnson. "That was his buddy."
The officer hit by the car was treated at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and released.
Initial reports from police dispatchers said an officer had been shot, but they have since confirmed neither officer was hit by gunfire.
The officer who fired his weapon was placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure. The injured officer is on "Modified Duty" with pay, probably for a few weeks, said Karen Parker-Chesson with the Norfolk Police.
The police chief refused an interview request from WAVY.com Tuesday. A spokesperson cited the ongoing investigation.
Norfolk Police issued the following to explain policy:
Norfolk Police officers are authorized to discharge their firearm "to defend and protect oneself or another when the officer reasonably believes that he or she or another person is in imminent danger of detah or serious physical injury." Our training is focused on stopping the threat of imminent danger.
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