12/07/2016 Suspect Who Shot at Pensacola Police Officer has Been Arrested

Tijuan Johnson
Tijuan Johnson

A man who shot at a Pensacola Police officer Friday night (December 2) has been arrested. 

Tijuan Deonte Johnson, 23, of the 4300 block of Acacia Drive, Pensacola, turned himself in at the Escambia County Jail around 6 a.m. today. He was charged with attempted murder and aggravated assault. 

Sgt. Stephen Bauer said Johnson was identified as the suspect during the investigation. The suspect left a bicycle, his cell phone and the handgun at the scene after he fled on foot. 

As part of the investigation, police department SWAT members and detectives served a search warrant at Johnson’s home Monday 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 confronted a woman while armed with a handgun. The woman said the male approached her vehicle after she backed out of a driveway, and confronted her while holding the gun. 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.