Fatal Tysons Shooting – Sgt. Wesley Shifflett and Officer First Class James Sadler have been named as the two officers who were involved in the shooting that resulted in the death of a man last month near Tysons Corner Center. This information was released by the Fairfax County Police Department on Saturday.
On February 22nd, police said that Shifflett, a veteran of the department for seven years, and Sadler, a veteran for eight years, attempted to stop Timothy McCree Johnson, who was suspected of stealing designer sunglasses from the mall. Shifflett has served seven years, and Sadler has served eight years. According to the police report, both officers fired their weapons.
They have been placed on restricted duty status pending the outcome of both the criminal investigation and the administrative investigation that are currently being conducted. They have been assigned to the Tysons Urban Team, which is a unit that was established in 2013 and is dedicated to fighting crime in the Tysons Corner area.
The officers were not immediately accessible for comment, despite our best efforts to get in touch with them.
A Black man named Johnson, who was 37 years old, allegedly ran away from the police, and officers pursued him on foot for about a quarter of a mile until they reached a heavily wooded area, where they ordered him to get on the ground and then opened fire.
According to the police, he was shot once in the chest before being taken to a hospital, where he ultimately passed away. The video from the officer’s body camera will be made public in accordance with the policies of the department within the first thirty days after the incident, according to the police department.
Chief Kevin Davis of the Fairfax County Police Department has stated that it was initially unclear as to whether or not Johnson was armed. Melissa Johnson, the mother of the victim, has stated that she is of the belief that her son was not armed. After searching the woods, the authorities were unable to locate any firearms.