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Shaquian Tyrone Johnson, 22
Cary, North Carolina
May 28, 2017

Agencies: State Bureau of Investigations SBI North Carolina | Cary Police Department North Carolina

Last updated: 5 months ago

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A Cary police officer saw a burglary suspect fire a gun as he was being taken into custody early Sunday, so he returned fire, killing the man, Police Chief Tony Godwin said Monday.

Police were responding to a 911 call at about 2:30 a.m. from a woman who said she and her granddaughter were hiding from an intruder inside their home in the 200 block of Firetree Lane, in the Preston development off Davis Drive. "I was out on the couch, watching a TV show on Netflix. I couldn't sleep, and I heard this door that leads into the house open and close," the teen told a dispatcher. "I looked over the balcony, and I saw someone." The women hid in an upstairs closet as police arrived at the home, and the dispatcher said that officers witnessed a man running from the home. "It's going to be a little bit of time before they get to you. The reason why is they did catch an individual running out," the dispatcher said of why police had not entered the home.

Police weren't able to apprehend the man at that time, however, and K9 units had to be called in to track his whereabouts.

Police were responding to a 911 call at about 2:30 a.m. from a woman who said she and her granddaughter were hiding from an intruder inside their home in the 200 block of Firetree Lane, in the Preston development off Davis Drive. "I was out on the couch, watching a TV show on Netflix. I couldn't sleep, and I heard this door that leads into the house open and close," the teen told a dispatcher. "I looked over the balcony, and I saw someone."

The women hid in an upstairs closet as police arrived at the home, and the dispatcher said that officers witnessed a man running from the home. "It's going to be a little bit of time before they get to you. The reason why is they did catch an individual running out," the dispatcher said of why police had not entered the home. Police weren't able to apprehend the man at that time, however, and K9 units had to be called in to track his whereabouts.

More than two hours later, Shaquian Tyrone Johnson was taken into custody on Creek Park Drive, a few blocks away, but a scuffle ensued, and Johnson was shot, Godwin said. Johnson, 22, was taken to WakeMed, where he died. Godwin said a revolver stolen from a vehicle earlier that night was found at the scene. Officer A.J. Lopez "heard that revolver being fired and saw the muzzle flash from that revolver being fired," the chief said, so he shot in self-defense.