Police standoff with soldier ends in Fayetteville

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

FAYETTEVILLE (AP) ó A standoff with an armed Fort Bragg soldier who fired shots at police and barricaded himself in an apartment ended peacefully Tuesday when the man surrendered, a police spokeswoman said.
Fayetteville police spokeswoman Theresa Chance said authorities expect to file charges against Spc. Jason N. Johnson, 24, a dental specialist. He was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment of a gunshot wound to his left hand, she said.
Chance said the incident began in the early morning hours as a domestic issue that did not involve Johnson’s wife. Friends were concerned about Johnson and called police.
He entered the apartment of a deployed soldier and barricaded himself in the bathroom, she said. Authorities weren’t certain if Johnson, who lives in the same apartment complex, knew that soldier.
Fort Bragg spokesman Tom McCollum said Johnson is assigned to the 257th Dental Company, which is part of the 44th Medical Command. It’s a field unit that deploys and is not assigned to a specific hospital or clinic, but Johnson has never deployed overseas, McCollum said.