Man faces attempted murder charges of two Summerville police officers

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23-year-old Taylor Robert Johnson of Summerville has been charged with two accounts of attempted murder, the result of an ordeal that transpired on Feb. 1. Johnson also faces additional charges, according to Summerville Police Lt. Nick Santanna.

According to the Post and Courier, Santanna testified in court that Johnson provided false information at a traffic stop at West Richardson Avenue in Summerville Thursday morning, and attempted to flee in his Buick Regal.

The incident occurred around 9:45 a.m., when local businessman Raynard Smith, a witness of the event, said the Buick pulled into a driveway near a car dealership, as ordered by two police officers, when they walked up to it. The Post and Courier reports that the Buick backed out into traffic, according to Smith, and did not stop when the officers shouted orders.

Smith said that the two officers opened fire from behind the Buick as it pulled off into traffic, striking one in the process.

Johnson was arrested with a minor bullet wound, possibly in the arm, while one of the two officers was injured.

According to the Post and Courier, Johnson was also charged with possession and intent to distribute methamphetamine, “possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, giving false information to police and possession of marijuana. Bail was set at $103,000 on those charges.”

The incident highlighted the difficulty of balancing respect for police officers during a time which has created animosity toward them, while being aware of our rights as Americans and never settling to passively comply.

State Law Enforcement agents continue to gather information on the case. 

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