Sheriff Deputies Use Taser, Then Shoot Suspect

September 27, 2013 Updated May 4, 2010 at 6:44 PM EDT

By Laura Gray

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September 27, 2013 Updated May 4, 2010 at 6:44 PM EDT

JAMESTOWN, NY (WKBW)N -- A Jamestown Police Officer and two Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputies were in the line of danger, officials say, when they fired at and shot a suspect early this morning in Jamestown. Officers tried to pull over a vehicle early Tuesday morning in a drug store parking lot at 50 South Main Street. "He was refusing to get out of vehicle. He put his vehicle in reverse, and he rammed a sheriff's deputy vehicle." says Captain Barry Swanson of the Jamestown Police Department.
A Jamestown police officer tried to use a taser gun against Johnson, but it didn't work. Johnson then turned the vehicle towards a police officer, Swanson says, and accelerated.
Two sheriff's deputies fired a total of three shots at 35 year old Michael Johnson. One bullet hit him in the jaw, and another bullet grazed his left arm.
Police say Johnson had stolen the car from his girl friend's Jamestown home. She called 9-1-1. "She indicated that he made some indications prior to him leaving that if police got involved they weren't going to take him." David Foley, Chautauqua County District Attorney tells Eyewitness News.
Sheriff Joe Gerace praised the officers restraint today. "It was a good outcome. I wouldn't say it was just based on training. Sometimes you get lucky. This individual was very lucky that he didn't lose his life today."
Johnson is being treated at ECMC for non-life threatening injuries. He faces several charges, including a felony reckless endangerment charges. Both the Sheriff's Department and Jamestown PD are launching internal investigations according to protocol, although officials from both believe the use of force was justified.