Police Charge Man with Felony Reckless Endangerment for
Firing a Gun in Crowded Area
Nov. 9, 2012 Jackson TN -- Jackson police charged Spencer Johnson, of Oakfield, with reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon for discharging a gun in a crowded area.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred on October 20. Around 6:50 p.m., police were on foot in the area of Lexington and Hayes Avenue due to the large crowd that had gathered following the Lane College homecoming parade
and football game. Officers heard a gunshot, and pedestrians were pointing out
and yelling at a black Mercedes. An officer stopped the car and identified the
driver as Johnson, 53. Johnson was questioned by the officer. He acknowledged that he had pulled his handgun but denied firing it. The officer examined Johnson's gun and suspected that he may have fired it. Johnson was not arrested at the time, because there was not a witness who immediately identified him as shooting.
Investigators developed the case. The investigation has revealed that Johnson
bumped an unidentified man with his car who was standing in the road. Johnson
and the man argued. The man then spit toward Johnson's sunroof opening.
Johnson subsequently pulled a pistol and fired one shot at the man who ran
away and remains unidentified.
Charges were pursued based upon Johnson placing the general public in
imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury by discharging his gun in a
Johnson surrendered at the Jackson Police Department Friday morning and was
arraigned at 8 a.m. in Jackson City Court. He is free on $15,000 bond. His next
scheduled court appearance is December 20 in City Court.
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