PHOENIX – Police neutralized a Cave Creek man Sunday that officers said fired his rifle at a police helicopter and then at officers on the ground, reported Arizona Central.
Nicholas Johnston, 47, (pictured in 2013) was taken out by officers in the front yard of a home near Cave Creek Road and Desert Willow Parkway at about 10 a.m. Johnston was pronounced dead by authorities.
Sgt. Alan Pfohl, spokesman of Phoenix Police Department, said the agency received a call of domestic violence at the home. Pfohl said police were told Johnston had been drinking, damaging property and had an argument with his mother.
As officers arrived on scene, they witnessed a man in a front yard that fired a random shot in the air. After that, he fired another at a police helicopter. Police said the man then pointed the weapon at officers.
“There was an exchange of shots,” Pfohl said. More importantly, there were no officers injured, he said.
Court records show Johnston pleaded guilty in April 2013 to aggravated drunk driving. According to records, it was his third DUI. As a result, he was incarcerated four months.
However, Johnston was then placed on four years probation. Hence, a condition of his probation was that he not consume alcohol.
According to court records, Johnston was discharged from probation on June 12.
(Photo: Arizona Department of Corrections)