Johnson City’s Fatal Shooting Mystery Continues
Only a few, scant new details are emerging from the investigation into a shooting that occurred earlier this week.
Story by: Kathy Whyte, WNBF / Townsquare Media:
Johnson City Police Officer David Smith was killed on March 31, 2014 at Southern Tier Imaging on Harrison Street as was the man who shot him, 43 year old James Clark of Greene.
Johnson City Police Chief Joseph Zikuski says Clark had no criminal or mental illness history and investigators may never know all the details of what transpired shortly after 7 a.m. at the medical office across from the main entrance to Wilson Medical Center.
Zikuski said it was his belief that Officer Smith was punched by Clark before the officer known by co-workers as D.W. knew he was being attacked.
The Chief said it would probably never be known if Clark managed to pull Smith’s .40 duty weapon from the officer’s holster or if Smith had already pulled his gun to defend himself and Clark grabbed it from him.
Police say Clark was taking one medication but said it was not something that would explain his sudden, violent behavior.
The investigation is continuing.
(Story by: Kathy Whyte, WNBF / Townsquare Media with minor editing by WIBX)