New Details on Friday Night's Panama City Shooting

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

Twenty-two-year-old Ronnie Johnson remains in critical, but stable condition at Bay Medical Center.

Johnson was shot multiple times around 7:30 Friday night. Panama City police say Johnson endangered the lives of police officers during an undercover drug operation. They say he drove off as they tried to box him in near the intersection of 9th Street and Sherman Avenue, so they opened fire.

Jackie Bradford, Ronnie's mother, says, "He is real bad shot, he got six bullets inside him. He got shot under here, under here, in his arm, on his hand, in his knee, on his head, and they gonna have to tell me something."

Authorities still aren't releasing the names of the officers involved, but Panama City Police officials say three of their officers are on administrative leave. They must all complete medical evaluations before returning to work.

Bay County sheriff’s officials have also placed anyone involved in the case on administrative leave. The administrative leaves are standard procedures, but Friday night Johnson's family members were calling for harsher actions.

Vanzetti Lowder, Johnson's mother-in-law, says, "They shoulda done what they supposed to do, pull the car, take the tag number, and get him later, not shoot the car up and shoot him up, now he fightin’ for his life and they gonna have to explain why."

Johnson has a past criminal record with arrests for possession of drugs, possession of a firearm, battery on a law enforcement office and forgery. He has not been charged in connection with Friday night's incident.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says the investigation is still in the preliminary stages and has not released much information.

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