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Ben Crump Joining Legal Team For Former FAMU Student Killed In Officer-Involved Shooting

Shaquille Dukes' attorney Ben Crump speaks during a news conference in Chicago, Thursday, July 11, 2019. Dukes stated that he believes he was wrongfully arrested last month outside FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Ill., while still attached to an IV.
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Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump is joining the office of Attorney Lee Merrit to represent the family of Jamee Johnson. Johnson was a former student at Florida A&M University who was killed Sunday in Jacksonville during a traffic stop.

In a statement, the office of Attorney Lee Merrit says it will conduct its own investigation into the officer-involved shooting that left 22-year-old Johnson dead.

Jacksonville Police Officer J. Garriga shot Johnson after the department says officers asked him to step out of the vehicle. He initially complied. But as Johnson walked back to the officer’s patrol car the Jacksonville Sherriff’s Office says he pushed Garriga and the two struggled. Next officers say Johnson got back in his car and hit the accelerator.

The JSO claims Johnson had been reaching for his gun, which was on the passenger seat.

Garriga has been with the Sheriff’s office for 1 and a half years. This was his first officer-involved shooting. His partner Officer K. Graham was also on the scene but didn’t fire his weapon. Both are on administrative leave. Both JSO and the State Attorney’s office are investigating. The Crump addition comes a day after Representative Ramon Alexander called on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to also investigate the shooting.

Johnson had no prior criminal history.

Blaise Gainey is a State Government Reporter for WFSU News. Blaise hails from Windermere, Florida. He graduated from The School of Journalism at the Florida A&M University. He formerly worked for The Florida Channel, WTXL-TV, and before graduating interned with WFSU News. He is excited to return to the newsroom. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports, Netflix, outdoor activities and anything involving his daughter.