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Prosecutor rules use of deadly force justified by Manila officer

(Source: Raycom Media) (Source: Raycom Media)

Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington ruled Monday the shooting of a Manila man by a police officer was justified, according to a letter sent to Arkansas State Police.

Ellington said he reviewed the case file regarding the shooting death of Timothy Johnson. Manila Officer Jared Camp shot and killed Johnson in July.

Ellington said Camp shot Johnson in self defense as Johnson was advancing toward him with a long-bladed knife.

In his letter to ASP, Ellington stated Johnson “had apparently attempted to commit suicide within the hour preceding his death.”

Ellington said Johnson’s friends found him unresponsive in his apartment and called for an ambulance.

Officer Jared Camp responded to the scene along with the ambulance.

When the officer arrived, Ellington said Johnson began walking toward Camp, holding a knife to his throat.

A witness said Camp tried to calm Johnson and told him to drop the knife.

The witness told investigators Johnson ignored the officer’s commands and “charged at Officer camp,” the letter stated.

When Johnson was within 3 to 4 feet of him, Officer Camp fired three rounds at him.

Camp’s version of the events varied little from the statements given by witnesses, Ellington said.

Officer Camp told investigators Johnson lowered the knife to his waist and said, “You wanna help me? Here, help me.” He then “quickly lunged toward the officer.”

Officer Camp said that after the first shot was fired, Johnson continued toward him.

Camp fired two more rounds, Ellington said, and Johnson went down.

In his letter, the prosecuting attorney said:

It is apparent that Officer Camp fired his service weapon in self-defense as Johnson was advancing toward him with a long-bladed at the ready. Johnson’s state of mind is called into question, but it appears that although he may have been suicidal moments before the shooting, he appeared to observers more than willing to injure or kill Officer Camp as he lunged toward the officer with the knife.”

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