Two Wake Forest police officers who shot and killed an 18-year-old man in May will not face criminal charges, the Wake County District Attorney’s Office said.
“Based on my review of the evidence presented I am satisfied that the matter does not warrant prosecution or further criminal investigation,” District Attorney Lorrin Freeman wrote in a letter to the state Bureau of Investigation on Monday.
Officers David Cohen and Darryl Ragland shot and killed David William Johnson on May 6.
The Raleigh Police Department asked Wake Forest police to help that evening in response to a call about a stolen firearm. Officers encountered Johnson on Monument Drive, where he fled in a Honda Accord and witnesses told officers he had a gun.
Johnson wrecked the Honda on Grandmark Street in Wake Forest, and police said Johnson got out of the car with a handgun.
Cohen and Ragland told Johnson to drop his weapon, according to police. When Johnson didn’t comply, the officers shot him multiple times.
The officers were put on paid administrative leave and returned to duty May 26.
The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and the Wake Forest Police Department’s internal affairs unit investigated the shooting.
Wake Forest police have been involved in two fatal shootings this year. Officer Dustin d’Hemecourt, a member of the department’s tactical unit, shot and killed 38-year-old Alan Rushton on Friday.
Police responded to domestic dispute at Rushton’s home and Rushton barricaded himself in a room with a large kitchen knife that he refused to drop, police said.
Officials tried to negotiate with Rushton for two hours, according to police. Rushton rushed at officers with a knife and d’Hemecourt shot him, police said. Rushton was taken to WakeMed, where he died.
D’Hemecourt is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.