On June 29, 2010 Joshua Johnson of Hockley, Texas was injured when he was shot by a Montgomery Police Officer. This was after a robbery and pursuit off FM1486 near Magnolia. Johnson fled the scene and after getting into a scuffle on Ben Smith just off FM 1486 with a City of Montgomery police officer was shot and transported to Conroe Regional Hospital.
This morning Grimes County went to pick Johnson up from the Montgomery County jail and transport him back to Anderson on a bench warrant.
After his court appearance for a motion to revoke probation Deputy Harold Trant had Johnson in handcuffs and leg shackles and was returning him to Montgomery County. As he drove down FM 1375 through the Sam Houston National Forest Johnson somehow got to the deputies weapon through the partition and fired three rounds at him.. He was able to get through the partition made of plexi-glass and over power the deputy pushing him out of the car just a few miles east of Lake Conroe. The deputy suffered a lacerated arm. Johnson then drove to Ben Smith and FM1486. He said he was heading to a crack house as he needed some drugs for his habit. He drove to the end of the road which ironically was approximately one hundred yards from where he originally confronted the City of Montgomery officer on June 29th on Ben Smith Road just off FM 1486 south of Dobbin.
At this point he was on the Grimes County patrol radio and stated,”hey this is Josh, any officers out there?”
Lt. Blake Jarvis picked up the radio, and after a half-hour dialogue, Johnson revealed his location. With a DEA helicopter overhead watching Johnson with his cameras he was able to relay to officers what was going on. At one point Johnson had the deputies 9mm to his head. As Lt. Jarvis arrived on the scene. He continued talking with Johnson over the radio. "He was crying, upset," Jarvis said. "One minute, angry and wanted to kill himself, next minute back talking in a normal voice."He was able to get Johnson, who was backed into a driveway at the end of the road to throw the keys out. He then told him to to step out of the vehicle. Johnson at one point asked to speak to a Montgomery deputy also. Johnson told Jarvis he wanted to see him , as Jarvis walked from his vehicle to the patrol car Johnson was in Johnson through the gun out and surrendered.
Johnson was still wearing handcuffs and shackles; it was the best-case scenario, though it still yields questions, including how someone handcuffed and in shackles manages to get through a partition.
"Partitions are not made to be broken or getting through, but I haven’t examined the vehicle yet to see if it actually shattered or if it’s a defect or if something happened," Jarvis said. "In this case, he was able to get through the partition."
Grimes County officials say they’ll launch their own investigation into how Johnson was able to escape while in the back of an officer’s vehicle. Officer Harold Trent was the officer who was overpowered. He’s been with the department for six years. He suffered only minor injuries and is expected to be OK.
Johnson now faces additional charges of attempted capital murder of a police officer, evading and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
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