Testimony reveals new details in the shooting of a Gulfport police officer

Testimony reveals new details in the shooting of a Gulfport police officer

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - New details emerged Wednesday in a jail courtroom about the November shooting that left a Gulfport police officer injured.

A Gulfport investigator was the only person to take the stand during a preliminary hearing for Corey Johnson who is accused of attempted murder.

The investigator told a judge Officer Dolton Bradley and another officer tried to pull a car over for an expired license in the early morning hours of November 23rd. As soon as the driver stopped near 20th Street and 46th Avenue, several people took off running and the officers followed.

According to testimony, Corey Johnson tried to jump over a fence, but fell down. That's when Officer Bradley jumped on top of Johnson and they began struggling. A police officer's dash camera showed Officer Bradley was shot twice, 19 seconds into the struggle.

Officer Bradley told detectives he was trying to put Johnson's hands behind his back when he was shot, and that his bullet proof vest rode up during the struggle leaving his stomach exposed where he was shot.

The investigator said after being shot Bradley was able to knock the gun out of Johnson's hands and hold him down. The other officer tried to tase Johnson, but it didn't work. A third officer arrived and was able to arrest Johnson. Police found 26 grams of spice in Johnson's pocket when he was taken to jail.

The investigator told a judge Johnson did not say anything when he was questioned, but during booking Johnson asked how the officer he shot was doing.

During the hearing, Johnson's attorney Michael Crosby tried to argue investigators could not prove his client intended to kill the officer, and so the charge should be aggravated assault instead of attempted murder. At the end of the hearing, the judge ruled there was enough evidence to send the case to a grand jury to decide if Johnson should be indicted for attempted murder.

Johnson was out on bond for a drug charge when the shooting happened. If convicted of attempted murder, Johnson faces 20 years to life in prison.

Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania was at the hearing Wednesday and said he believes Officer Bradley will be able to return for limited duty in the next two to three weeks.

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