Greenville, NC Man Convicted of Assault on Federal Agents Faces up to Thirty Years in Prison
For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of North Carolina
“We stand with the brave men and women of law enforcement, and their families, who make great sacrifices every day to keep our communities safe,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Easley. “We will continue to prioritize prosecuting violent offenders, especially those who threaten the lives of law enforcement. This defendant fired eight rounds at federal officers and is now facing up to three decades in federal prison.”
According to court records and evidence presented at trial, on October 16, 2020 an FBI Special Agent and Greenville Police Officer deputized and sworn as a federal Task Force Officer were conducting surveillance on suspected high-ranking gang members in a residential area of Greenville. An unidentified person outside of the trailer under surveillance held up his cell phone, likely taking a video of the agents. As the agents switched locations after having been detected, a black Ford Explorer began following them aggressively. The defendant fired eight rounds from his Glock 19 at the agents from the rear left window of the Explorer. According to witness testimony, the defendant thought that the agents’ unmarked car was that of a rival gang member, which led him to open fire in broad daylight without knowing for sure who was in the car.
Pitt County Sheriff’s Office detectives recovered eight shell casings, a distinctive Glock 19 with an extended magazine, and Johnson’s cell phone which contained photos of Johnson posing with the same distinctive firearm. Eyewitnesses also identified Johnson as the shooter.
The defendant was convicted of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a federal crime of violence which carries a minimum 10-year prison sentence; and assault on federal officers with a deadly weapon for which the defendant faces up to an additional 20 years in prison. Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced in April.
Michael Easley, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina made the announcement after
Related court documents and information can be found on the website of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina or on PACER by searching for Case No.
Updated January 11, 2023