Update: Man shot by Parkersburg Police requests new counsel

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UPDATE 11/2/2015 2:25 PM

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP)- Christopher Johnson asked for new counsel during his court appearance Monday afternoon.

He says he wasn't pleased with the his current attorney's progress. The judge granted Johnson's request.

A new arraignment date has yet to be announced.

UPDATE 11/2/2015 11:53 AM

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP)- Christopher Johnson will be arraigned Monday afternoon.

He is charged with wanton endangerment involving a firearm and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

We have a reporter heading to the courtroom and will have more updates.

UPDATE 7/31/2014 4:45 PM

He was shot in a confrontation with Parkersburg Police a few weeks ago.

Now, Christopher Johnson's case is going to the Wood County grand jury.

Johnson waived his preliminary hearing Thursday afternoon in magistrate court.

Johnson was wanted in connection with a major drug bust last spring.

He was spotted in a car July 15th at Seventh and Liberty Streets before he took off from Parkersburg Police.

The car was then tracked down to Plum Street, where Johnson is accused of pulling a gun on police before he was shot several times by officers.

Witnesses say he fired the weapon at officers, but West Virginia State Police says that has not been confirmed.

He recently was arrested after being released from a Morgantown hospital.

UPDATE 7/25/2014 12:30 PM

42-year-old Christopher Johnson is released from the hospital.

As you might recall, it stems from a massive drug bust earlier this year, in which police say Johnson was part of and wanted for.

Last Wednesday, when pulled over, officials say Johnson pulled a gun on not one, but two police officers, which ended when police shot him several times.

He was later taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

No word on his current state, other than he's fit for incarceration.

Released from the hospital and in the North Central Regional Jail, Johnson faces four charges, including two counts of wanton endangerment and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

"The felony part of that crime because of a previous conviction of a previous offense was an aggravated robbery conviction," says Sgt. Brad Snodgrass.

Johnson also faces his original drug charges.

He is in jail awaiting his pre-trial hearing.

His bond is set at $850,000.

UPDATE 7/16/2014 5:30 PM

Two Parkersburg Police Officers who shot a man Tuesday are on paid administrative duty.

We first reported Tuesday that two Parkersburg Police Officers shot a man near Washington Avenue and Plum Street.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says the officers who fired the shots are Lt. G.D. Nangle and Patrolman M.L. Bosley.

He says they fired a total of 8 or 9 shots.

The man they shot - Christopher Johnson -- is wanted on drug charges.

Tuesday some plain clothed detectives approached Johnson, identifying themselves as law enforcement.

Chief Martin says Johnson pointed a pistol at one of them, then he got away in his car.

A bulletin was put out, alerting law enforcement that Johnson got away.

Lt. Nangle and Patrolman Bosley stopped Johnson at Washington Avenue and Plum Street and that's where Johnson is accused of pointing a gun at them.

Chief Martin says Johnson wouldn't drop the gun so Nangle and Bosley shot him.

Chief Martin says he was told Wednesday that Johnson is expected to survive.

This is the second time in six months where Parkersburg Police officers have shot someone in broad daylight in public.

"Drugs have played a factor in this specific case as it was in the other shooting as well, but those individuals make those choices and put us in that situation to react the way we have to react and that does make a difference," says Chief Martin.

Although witnesses say Johnson fired at the officers, Chief Martin says that has not been confirmed.

Regardless of whether Johnson actually did fire at them, Chief Martin says the officers did the right thing and they were protecting themselves and other people.

While the Parkersburg Police Department is doing its own internal investigation, West Virginia State Police is handling the criminal investigation.

Also new from Chief Martin Wednesday, he says Johnson's case could go to the federal level; however, Chief Martin says it's too early to speculate what exactly he could be charged with.

Chief Martin says the public has showed an outpouring of support
since this incident.

"We have received a lot of support especially by phone from other departments but mainly from the public. They understand the situation those two officers were put in yesterday and we appreciate that understanding for sure," Chief Martin says.

UPDATE 7/15/2014 3:45 PM

A man was shot Tuesday afternoon by Parkersburg Police Officers.

It happened on the corner of Washington Avenue and Plum Street around 1 p.m.

It started with a traffic stop by the Parkersburg Narcotics Task Force.

Parkersburg Police Officers say they pulled the car over because it matched the description of a wanted suspect's car.

Parkersburg Police say the suspect, Christopher Johnson, pulled a gun on the officer that pulled him over at 7th and Liberty Streets.

The officer had a weapon concealed on his body but couldn't get to it before Johnson pulled his gun out, pointing it at the officers head.

Negotiations between Johnson and police ended.

Police say Johnson then left in his car.

The car was spotted around 19th and Plum Streets and heading north up to Washington Avenue and Plum Street, where police say Johnson got out of his car.

Witnesses say they saw Johnson turn around, pull a gun and fire at police and police fired back.

Witnesses say Johnson pulled a gun on two officers and fired first.

Police cannot confirm that at this point.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin says it doesn't matter if Johnson fired first or not. He presented a weapon, and police are allowed to use the force necessary to protect themselves.

Johnson was transported to an area hospital in critical condition.

He was then airlifted to Morgantown, according to police.

The police officers were not injured.

Parkersburg Police is handing the investigation over to an outside agency and they're also during their own internal investigation.

West Virginia State Police is handling the investigation.

The Wood County Sheriff's Office is taking eye witnesses accounts and assisting in the investigation.

UPDATE 7/15/2014 2:50 PM

A Parkersburg Police Officer shot a man at Washington Avenue and Plum Street, not 19th and Plum as previously reported.

UPDATE 7/15/2014 2:15 PM

Parkersburg Police say the man shot Tuesday afternoon by a Parkersburg Police Officer was wanted for questioning in what area law enforcement call the largest drug bust in Wood and Washington Counties in the last 20 years.

UPDATE 7/15/2014 2:10 PM

Authorities say a suspect wanted in a drug investigation pulled a gun on Parkersburg Police Officers and an officer shot the suspect at 19th and Plum Streets.

Witnesses on the scene say the suspect pulled a gun and made threats.

The man who was shot was taken to an area hospital in critical condition.

Parkersburg Police say the investigation is being turned over to an outside agency.

We have a reporter on the scene and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Parkersburg Police say an officer shot someone at 19th and Plum Streets.

We have a reporter on the scene and we will bring you more information as it becomes available.

Jim Wildt
Jim Wildt

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