Attorneys request independent investigation of former FAMU student killed in Jacksonville officer-involved shooting

Sources confirmed to Action News Jax this is Jamee Johnson, the man who was killed in an...
Sources confirmed to Action News Jax this is Jamee Johnson, the man who was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Springfield Saturday night. (Photo via Action News Jax)(WCTV)
Published: Dec. 16, 2019 at 10:52 AM EST
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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News

December 19, 2019

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The family of the former FAMU student who was shot and killed by Jacksonville Police is calling for an outside investigation.

Jamee Johnson, 22, was shot last Saturday during a traffic stop. Authorities say Johnson resisted arrest and reached for a gun.

One of the family's attorney, Ben Crump, says he told Johnson's family that he will help them get answers.

Attorney Crump and Attorney Lee Merritt issued a letter to the Department of Justice asking officials to conduct an independent investigation from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Authorities said during last Saturday's traffic stop, Johnson cooperated with police at first. But when an officer tried to arrest him, a struggle started.

They say Johnson jumped into his car and tried to get away, the officer got behind Johnson, who was reaching for his handgun.

The officer fired four shots, which killed Johnson.

Attorney Crump demanding the officer's body camera video be released. "Transparency is important. If you believe you were justified in this killing of this young man, who many people say had so much promise and had good character and was a good kid. Well release the video so we can see." He said.

Authorities say there was a pistol with an extended magazine inside of the car Johnson was driving.

Crump said, "We know there are witnesses that offer different accounts. The body camera video will give ocular proof of what happened in the tragic killing of Jamee Johnson. So we're demanding transparency, we're demanding accountability. That's all we want, nothing more and nothing less."

Administrators at FAMU say Johnson attended the business school there from Fall 2015 to this Spring. He was not enrolled this fall.

December 16, 2019

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WJAX-TV) — Jamee Johnson, the man who was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting Saturday night, was a former student at Florida A&M University, sources confirmed with Action News Jax.

According to FAMU's Communications Department, Johnson attended FAMU as a Business Administration major from Fall 2015 to Spring 2019. He was not awarded a degree.