Police Video Shows Deadly Traffic Stop Following Armed Robbery

Editor's Note: This story contains 34 seconds of video (you must click play on the embedded player to see it) that shows the suspect robbing the Rite Aid, and then Dash-Cam video that shows a wide angle of the officer shooting the suspect.

GREENVILLE -- The Greenville Police Department on Thursday release video from a dashboard camera that shows the April 21 shooting death of a suspect by a police officer.

Cpl. Scott Johnson on that day shot and killed John Wainright, 36, following a traffic stop near the intersection of Arlington Boulevard and Stantonsburg Road. Police believed that Wainright had robbed a Rite Aid, and that he was still armed at the time of that stop.

Police said Wainright, a Farmville man, robbed the Rite Aid and was seen driving a GMC Sierra Z71 after the robbery. Police said he made a move back toward his vehicle, and that's when Johnson shot him. Police did find a gun in that truck.

Police said that Officer Johnson didn't know it was the vehicle suspected in the robbery until told by witnesses. When Wainright got out of the truck, Johnson told him to get on the ground.

Wainright got up and jumped inside his vehicle, police said. The SBI investigation concluded that Wainright jumped back in the truck not to drive, but that he jumped in the direction of the back seat where his gun was located.

That's when Johnson fired his weapon, discharging four shots -- all hit Wainright in the upper torso.

At the robbery at Rite Aid, witnesses said Wainright demanded prescription pills. He had been a frequent customer of that store, according to the pharmacist.


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