A 22-year-old North Carolina woman was shot 17 times in front of her grandparents and two-year-old daughter after police responded to a possible break-in.
Jada Johnson also had drugs in her body when she was murdered July 1 at her grandfather’s home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, according to an autopsy and toxicology reports released Tuesday.
A bullet entered the right side of Johnson’s head, injuring her “scalp, brain and skull,” the report revealed. A second shot caused a depression and a skull fracture.
The young woman also suffered multiple gunshot wounds to her right forearm, right arm, shoulder and right hip and torso.
The report confirmed Johnson’s death was a homicide.
The toxicology report, also released Tuesday, also revealed that Johnson was under the influence of 0.32 mg/L of methamphetamines and had been in possession of unknown pills found in a plastic bag on her body. Fox8 News reported.
New details emerge in the death of Jada Johnson, 22, (pictured), who was shot 17 times in a shooting involving a cop. Johnson was shot in the head multiple times, according to an autopsy and toxicology report released Tuesday. The report also confirmed that the way Johnson died was a murder
One of the officers arrives at Johnson’s grandfather’s home in Fayetteville, North Carolina, just before 10 p.m. on July 1.
The officer stands outside the victim’s grandparents’ house on Colgate Drive
The harrowing ordeal began just before 10 p.m. on July 1 when the Fayetteville Police Department arrived at the home of Johnson’s grandfather, Rick Iwanski, located on Colgate Drive.
Officers responded to a report of a possible break-in.
Iwanski said his granddaughter suffered from mental illness and was recently released from the hospital after a mental crisis.
“She thought they were here to kill her and they ended up killing her right in front of us,” the distraught grandfather said.
‘I saw her face and her eyes,’ he said crying, CBS17 reported.
He also said that his granddaughter was also trying to get out of an abusive relationship. On the night of her tragic murder, he said, his granddaughter… believed her boyfriend was trying to get into their house to kill her.
‘She thought she’ [the boyfriend] was here to kill her,’ said Iwanski.
At one point, Johnson pulled out her gun and threatened to kill herself, the news channel reported.
One officer tackled Johnson to the ground while another shot her several times in front of Iwanski, her grandmother and her two-year-old daughter.
‘Officers gain control of the gun, the battle ended on the ground and, tragically, the officers fired their firearms,” said Assistant Chief James Nolette of the Fayetteville Police Department, as reported by Fox8
After the incident, officers Zacharius Borom and Sergeant Timothy Rugg were given paid administrative leave as the investigation progressed.
But Johnson’s grandfather, who witnessed the incident, is contesting the police.
“The officers have not been verbally threatened. Yes, there was a gun, but it was down,” Iwanski said.
He said there was a chance for officers to stop the situation without deadly force.
“When she put the gun down, they should have tasered her, put her in a bean bag, and then knocked her down. Why didn’t they do it then?’ Iwanski asked, Fox8 News reported.
Assistant Chief James Nolette of the Fayetteville Police Department said: “For over an hour the officers argued with this young lady and tried to get this young lady to lay down this weapon. Tried to get the help she wanted,” the news channel reported.
Police turned the case over to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
A view of the street in North Carolina where the July 1 shooting took place
A search warrant filed by the State Bureau of Investigation revealed that Sargent Rugg attempted to disarm Johnson when the victim began drinking water while holding her gun under her arm, and then some sort of struggle ensued, police said earlier, CBS 17 reported. WNCN reports that.
Johnson’s grandfather disputed that stating ‘tthere was no wrestling here. No battle. There was no such thing.’
The warrant stated that Officer Borom fired his gun and killed Johnson after she broke away from Sargent Rugg and tried to grab her gun, the news channel reported.
After the death of his granddaughter, Iwanski became involved with Fayetteville Police Accountability Community Taskforce (PACT), a non-profit organization thatis working on police reform.
One of their requests to city leaders was to change police culture, develop better police guidelines for mental health responses, and give officers more accountability.
Iwanski said ‘My real purpose is to answer for the murder of my grandchild in front of me, her grandmother and her baby,” the news channel reported.
“I would like to see justice for her and I think the officer who killed her should go to jail,” he added.