Suspect Shot By Police Following Suspected Robbery

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By Rochelle Dean

Columbia, SC (WOLO)--

Columbia Police say Monday evening around 4, a 46 year old Gregory Johnston is accused of robbing the Dollar General on Taylor St.
Authorities say Johnston told the cashier he had a weapon, demanded cash and then fled.

Investigators say they located Johnston just a few miles away at the intersections of Barnwell and Gervais streets where, Police Chief Randy Scott says he refused to comply with officers multiple demands to stop.

According to Chief Scott, two officers involved in the incident, still under the impression Johnston was armed, shot the suspect after they noticed he was trying retrieve something out of his pocket. Chief Scott says his officers responded quickly and acted within the letter of the law.

"the protocol on the use of deadly force is to protect you, the citizen and themselves. No officer wants to be involved in a shooting...deadly force is always last resort."

Both officers are on paid leave which is a standard practice, and while both are doing well, Chief Scott says they are obviously shaken by the shooting.

Johnston remains in the hospital tonight. Chief Scott says he will be transferred to jail once he is released.

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