FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Two Fayetteville officers are on leave following an investigation by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation.
Officer Zacharius Borom and Sergeant Timothy Rugg are both on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the shooting of Jada Johnson.
The shooting occurred just after 9:40 p.m. at Johnson’s grandparents house along the 2300 block of Colgate Drive, police said.
Officers were called to the home of Rick Iwanski, who is Johnson’s grandfather, in reference to a break-in, police said.
Iwanski said his granddaughter suffered from mental illness and was convinced that her boyfriend was trying to get inside and kill her. He said he explained the situation to officers, but things escalated.
At some point before the Fayetteville officer shot Johnson, she pulled a gun and threatened to commit suicide, police said.
A search warrant filed by NCSBI reveals Sergeant Rugg attempted to disarm Johnson when she went to drink water with her gun under her arm. Police tell CBS17 there was some type of struggle that followed.
“There was no wrestling. No struggle. There was nothing like that,” Iwanski said.
The warrant said Officer Brown fired his gun that killed Johnson after she broke free of Sgt. Rugg and attempted to grab her gun.
“Why did the officer run all the way over and point blank in her back?” her grandfather asked.
The mayor and city council petitioned the state to release body camera footage to the public. As of Wednesday, the process is pending a court hearing.
A funeral for Johnson will be held on Friday.