Green Bay shooting suspect arrested after east side lockdown
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - A 17-year-old shooting suspect is in custody after a SWAT response and lock down on Green Bay’s east side Tuesday morning.
The suspect was identified as Demarvis Johnson. Johnson was located well outside of the perimeter set up around Green Bay’s Main Street. The Brown County Sheriff’s Office located Johnson near the department headquarters in the area of County Road G. He was taken into custody without incident. There are no reports of injuries.
“He was in a vehicle. Our detectives developed information of what vehicle he was in, and with assistance of the Brown County Sheriff’s Office they were able to take him into custody without incident,” said Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith.
Smith says Johnson is a suspect in Sunday’s shooting on Cora Street. He’s been taken to the Green Bay Police Department for questioning.
On Tuesday morning, police were conducting surveillance on the east side after receiving a tip that Johnson was in the area. They spotted him and he took off into the woods.
“We observed him going in, we have surveillance video of him running into the woods, so we’re quite confident that he was back there,” Smith said. “Our K-9 tracked him to the edge of the woods and then we stopped because we want to make sure we do everything we can to safely take him into custody.”
Police said Johnson was to be considered armed and dangerous. The department deployed a drone, a K-9 and the armored Bearcat vehicle.
“We want to be very methodical and very careful in taking this individual into custody,” Smith said during the search.
SWAT entered the woods to search for Johnson.
“We really thought he was in the perimeter. Apparently he was able to somehow at the very beginning get out of the perimeter. We don’t know if he had assistance getting from here to County Road G,” said Chief Smith.
An Emergency Alert was sent to mobile devices. It advised people of the armed suspect near Deckner/Main and told people to close and lock all doors and windows and stay inside until otherwise notified.
Police locked down Main, Newberry, Deckner, Henry and De Leers streets. Those streets are now open.
Smith says he is thankful that no one was hurt.
“The best thing about it is nobody was injured. We were able to take him into custody without him being hurt, without any officers, without any citizens being hurt,” says Smith.
Chief Smith says Johnson could face attempted murders charges in relation to the Cora Street shooting.
“To pull out a handgun and shoot another individual is an extraordinary, serious crime. We would be urging serious charges because obviously that is not something that is welcome here in Green Bay,” says Smith.
St. Bernard, Our Saviour Lutheran, Eisenhower, St. Paul Classical schools were all placed on lockdown during the search.
“We re-deployed all our school resource officers from the rest of the city to those four schools to afford those children in those schools extra protection in the event that this individual breaks out of our perimeter and tries to go into one of those schools and harm any of our children,” says Smith.
Meals at Sullivan, Eisenhower, Preble and Minoka were put on hold as the buildings were secured during the search.
Action 2 News will update this developing story.
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