Timothy Johnson (2023)

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Full BWC Release

On February 22, 2023, Johnson stole some merchandise from a store at a shopping mall. The store called the Fairfax County Virginia Police Department and Sergeant Wesley Shifflett responded. Shifflett chased Johnson through a parking garage, down the street, and into a wooded area. Johnson refused orders to get on the ground. Shifflett claimed that he saw Johnson reaching for his waistband, and he and Officer James Sadler fired at Johnson.[1][2][3]

Additional officers rendered aid to Johnson.[1]

Shifflett waited for permission to turn off his body-worn camera.[1]

Johnson was struck once in the chest, and died at the hospital.[2]

Sadler was placed on restricted duty.[4]

On March 23, 2023, Shifflett was fired as his actions showed "a failure to live up to the expectations of our agency, in particular use of force policies".[4]

On April 17, 2023, a grand jury declined to indict Shifflett in Johnson's death.[5]


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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Full BWC Release, Fairfax County Police Department, 2023-02-24
  2. 2.0 2.1 BWC Release Video, Fairfax County Police Department, 2023-03-23
  3. Rashard Rose, Virginia officer fired after killing an unarmed man suspected of shoplifting, CNN, 2023-03-24
  4. 4.0 4.1 Matthew Barakat, Police chief fires officer, releases video of shooting death, AP News, 2023-03-23
  5. Grand jury declines to indict former Fairfax County officer in fatal Tysons Corner shooting, FOX 5, 2023-04-17