NEW YORK (1010 WINS / WCBS 880) — An investigation is underway into what led to the police involved shooting death of a 43-year-old man in The Bronx.
Wardell “Junior” Johnson, of Harlem, was shot and killed after a struggle with a Pelham Manor police officer. 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported that Johnson, riding a Yamaha ATV, was pursued by police down Boston Road into the Bronx.
Johnson ditched his quad at the corner of Boston Road and Baychester Avenue and was eventually caught by the officer in the backyard of 3517 Edson Avenue. After the officer tried to subdue Johnson with a baton and pepper spray to no avail, the officer shot and killed the man.
Johnson’s sister Terri Ferris, who identified the body, was distraught upon learning her only brother had died.
“I just seen him yesterday and he’s dead today,” Ferris said weeping, “that’s so ridiculous, it don’t make no sense.”
Ferris said Johnson and his two sons were in Baychester to buy the four wheel all terrain vehicle.
“They took a good person, they didn’t [take] nobody that was bad,” Ferris said.
The officer was taken to Jacobi Medical Center with minor injuries.