Authorities ID suspect killed in officer-involved shooting near South Lake Tahoe (updated)
Authorities have identified the man who engaged law enforcement in a shootout and chase before being shot and killed by a police officer.
Billy Jo Johnson, 34, succumbed to injuries Monday after leading police on a multi-county chase, according to the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. Johnson had a felony warrant for his arrest stemming from an alleged robbery with a firearm.
Shortly after the chase started near Pickett’s Junction Monday, Johnson started shooting at officers while attempting to get away on his motorcycle.
He was shot by a South Lake Tahoe police officer in the Meyers area.
A sheriff’s department spokesperson did not immediately return a phone call Tuesday asking if Johnson was a South Lake Tahoe resident.
He had at least two prior encounters with local law enforcement.
Johnson was arrested by South Lake Tahoe police on a parole violation warrant in September 2006, the Tribune previously reported. While handcuffed and waiting to get picked up by a patrol car, Johnson fled from law enforcement. He was arrested weeks later in October.
Less than five years later, Johnson was sentenced to 4-10 years in prison in April 2011 from a Carson City court, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections.
He was paroled in 2015 after serving four years.
This story has been updated to include information on Johnson’s criminal history.
The Tribune will update this story as soon as more information is confirmed.
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