Saturday, September 26, 2015
Followup NM: Road Rage Shooting was Self Defense
Police determined that Perez acted in self-defense before they had the opportunity to interview Johnson due to the extent of his injuries, said officer Tanner Tixier, a spokesman for the Albuquerque Police Department. But they didn’t change their minds after interviewing Johnson three times while he was in the hospital.
Tixier said after talking with Perez, Johnson, Johnson’s girlfriend and another witness, police believe the shooting was consistent with a self-defense situation. However, the case will still be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office.
Johnson was arrested when he was released from the hospital Saturday. Two days after he was admitted to the hospital, doctors reported to police that they found a heat-sealed bag containing a large amount of what later turned out to be cocaine hidden in his groin area.