LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro Police have charged one of the men involved in an exchange of gunfire that endangered passengers on TARC bus.
On the afternoon of June 28, officers were called to Dixie Highway and St. Louis Avenue on a reported shooting. Police found no one shot, but witnesses were able to give them a description of one of the men involved.
When police found a man matching the description in the 1700 block of St. Louis they tried to stop him, but he took off running between houses. Officers caught Brandon Johnson, 23, in an alley.
During a canvas of the route Johnson had taken, police found two handguns – a Glock 21 .45 caliber and an Arms .22 caliber. The Glock had been reported stolen.
Police said Johnson had nine morphine pills on him and nine additional rounds for the .22 handgun.
Johnson told police that after he got off the bus he saw a gray Dodge Charger behind the bus. According to Johnson, the car windows rolled down and the people inside started shooting at him. Johnson, a convicted felon, said he pulled his own guns and fired back.
The TARC bus was hit multiple times during the exchange of gunfire. No one on the bus was injured, but the driver said she feared for her life and the lives of her passengers.
Johnson was arrested for two counts each of tampering with physical evidence, carrying a concealed deadly weapon and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, One count each of wanton endangerment, criminal mischief, fleeing or evading police, possession of a controlled substances, receiving stolen property and disorderly conduct.