Suspect denies trying to run over officers during drug bust

UNCUT: Scene of officer-involved shooting

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Agents with the 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force shot a drug suspect in the 400 block of Johnson Avenue Friday afternoon, according to Jonesboro Police Chief Rick Elliott. The shooting shut down a section of Johnson Avenue for part of the afternoon.

According to Jonesboro police, the shooting happened shortly before 4 p.m. at 405 Johnson Avenue.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the task force first executed a search warrant on the house. They found drug paraphernalia, and a woman there agreed to cooperate with police.

She agreed to have drugs delivered to the house by a man.

The man, identified as Brandon Johnson, arrived at the house around 3:40 p.m. One officer pulled up behind Johnson in an unmarked car so he couldn't leave.

Police said the Drug Task Force tried to serve a warrant on Johnson. As officers were walking toward his vehicle, while telling Johnson to show his hands and identifying themselves as officers, Johnson allegedly accelerated and attempted to hit officers with the vehicle.

The affidavit states that two officers likely would have been hit if the vehicle's tires hadn't spun on a sheet of ice.

Officers shot at Johnson in self defense, according to a news release. Johnson then sped up the driveway, through the yard and down a ravine behind the house, wrecking his vehicle.

Johnson was treated at St. Bernards Medical Center, but left the hospital on Monday morning against his doctor's recommendations.

While he was being taken to the hospital, Johnson said he was sorry and "I can't believe I did something so stupid, I just didn't want to go to jail again. I could have killed those guys over some dope."

Police found 45 grams of meth and seven tablets of suspected alprazolam in the vehicle and on Johnson. They also found $7,134 in cash with him.

When he was interviewed at the hospital, Johnson denied knowing the men in the driveway were police officers and denied trying to run them over.

Police are still searching for Johnson and plan to charge him with aggravated assault and various drug charges.

The released stated that Elliott and Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd requested Arkansas State Police to handle the investigation. Officers with both departments serve on the 2nd Judicial Drug Task Force.

Copyright 2015 KAIT. All rights reserved.