- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

WAKE FOREST, N.C. (AP) - A man who was shot by police officers in a Raleigh suburb has died from his wounds, authorities say.

David William Johnson, 18, of Wake Forest, was shot after Wake Forest police officers were asked by officers in Raleigh on Wednesday night to look for a man who had reportedly fired a stolen gun, town spokesman Bill Crabtree said.

Two police officers, whom Crabtree would only identify as D. Cohen and D. Ragland, spotted Johnson, who immediately left in a car. The vehicle wrecked a short time later behind The Factory entertainment complex in the town just north of Raleigh.

Johnson came out of the car with a gun and refused commands to drop the weapon, Crabtree said. Both officers fired, hitting Johnson several times, he said.

Johnson was taken to a Raleigh hospital where he died late Wednesday, the spokesman said.

Both officers have been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is reviewed by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, as well as the town’s internal affairs unit.

The incident comes after several cases in which blacks were killed by police, prompting a national discussion of race and police work. In this instance Johnson, the man who was shot, was white, Crabtree said. He said Cohen is white and Ragland is black.

Cohen has been with the Wake Forest Police Department since March and is a three-year police veteran, Crabtree said. Ragland has five years of experience and had been with the town’s police force since February 2014.


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