NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - Norfolk police tell WAVY.com officers are trained to stop a threat of imminent danger in situations like the officer-involved shooting Monday in Norfolk.
Police spokesperson Karen Parker-Chesson says officers are authorized to discharge their firearm "to defend and protect oneself or another when the officer reasonably believes that he or she or another person is in imminent danger of death or serious physical injury."
Joshua Johnson, 22, of Norfolk, was shot and killed by police Monday at the Wells Fargo on Colonial Avenue. Police say Johnson and his girlfriend, Virgie May Hairston, 21, of Norfolk tried to cash a fraudulent check at the bank.
"We pulled up to the teller and the lady said, 'Hold on, my computer is messing up,'" said Hairston, when she talked to WAVY.com Tuesday.
But, a Wells Fargo regional spokesperson says the teller was most likely following company procedure. Typically, when tellers encounter invalid checks, an alert appears on their computer screens. Tellers are trained to call police for certain alerts. And in this case, Wells Fargo says the teller did everything right and will not be put on administrative leave.
Hairston was arraigned in court Thursday on one charge of conspiracy to obtain money on false pretense, according to Amanda Howie with Norfolk's CA's office. Her preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 26.
The officer that discharged his weapon is on "Administrative Duty" with pay. The officer that was injured is on "Modified Duty" with pay, and will likely be out for a few weeks.
Family and friends of Johnson say police used excessive force by shooting 11 shots into the windshield to kill him. Police say the vehicle continued moving in reverse, even after it hit a police officer.
The police department is conducting its own internal investigation, which is standard procedure.
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