12/05/2016 Warrant Issued for Man Who Shot at PPD Officer

Tijuan Johnson
Tijuan Johnson

A warrant has been issued for a man who shot at a Pensacola Police officer Friday night. 

Tijuan Deonte Johnson, 23, of the 4300 block of Acacia Drive, Pensacola, is wanted for attempted murder and aggravated assault. He is a black male, approximately 5 feet 5 and 150 pounds. 

Sgt. Stephen Bauer said Johnson was identified as the suspect during the investigation.

Bauer said as part of the investigation, police department SWAT members and detectives served a search warrant at Johnson’s home today in an attempt to find him and evidence. Johnson was not home at the time. However, evidence was found that will assist in the investigation. The type of evidence recovered is not being released at this time.

Around 10:30 p.m. Friday, officers responded to Highland Drive after a male was seen holding a handgun while riding a bicycle. A woman said the male approached her vehicle after she backed out of a driveway. Fearing for her safety, she accelerated her vehicle to escape and the man fled.

Officer Matthew Mercado found the suspect riding the bicycle south on Sixth Avenue near Tunis Street. The suspect dismounted the bicycle at Torres Avenue and Tunis Street, turned toward Mercado, fired one shot, and fled the area. Mercado was not injured.

The incident occurred during a Violent Crime Suppression Operation, which had eight officers saturating known problem areas.

Johnson should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Anyone having information Johnson’s location is asked to contact the Pensacola Police Department at 435 – 1900 or Crime Stoppers at 433 – STOP. Callers can remain anonymous.