One Virginia police officer has been fired after bodycam video showing the fatal shooting of Timothy Johnson was released.
According to police, Johnson ran from police in alleged shoplifting incident last month.
The video, released to YouTube by the Fairfax County Police Department, show a pair of officers, including one in civilian clothes, chasing Johnson out of Tysons Corner Center Mall on Feb. 22.
After chasing along roads in the area, Johnson began running into the woods.
At that point, both officers fired at him, with one striking him in the chest.
The incident began when loss protection officers at the mall notified Fairfax County police that a person was seen stealing sunglasses from Nordstrom.
That’s when Johnson took off running.
The video shows an officer telling Johnson to “stop reaching” and to “get on the ground.
Then shots are heard during the video.
Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis said that “something happened” during the chase, leading officers to fire their weapons.
According to police, one officer fired two shots and the other fired once.
Johnson was later pronounced dead at the hospital.
Davis said two pairs of sunglasses were found on the scene.
Officers James Sadler and Sgt. Wesley Shifflett were the cops involved, and Shifflett fired the fatal shot and was let go, according to NBC News.
Carl Crews, the attorney for Johnson’s family, called the shooting an “execution.”
“It doesn’t show the officer faced any danger, imminent or otherwise,” he said at a news conference. “Justice delayed is justice denied. This officer should not have his freedom at this point.”
TMX contributed to this report.
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