South side neighborhood where Flint police chief shot suspect is a trouble spot lately

FLINT (WJRT) (09/18/2019) - Flint Police Chief Timothy Johnson was on duty on the city's south side Wednesday when he saw a shootout take place and intervened.

Investigators say Flint Police Chief Timothy Johnson shot one of two suspects involved in a shootout near Wood Lane and Lynn Street on the city's south side.

He shot one of two suspects arrested on Wood Lane near Lynn Street around 4 p.m.

"Police chief was in the area, gunshots being fired. He found two subjects that were firing weapons, gave chase and it ended in an officer-involved shooting, " said Flint Police Det. Sgt. Tyrone Booth.

He said the shootout started at the Ten Eleven Party Store in the 3200 block of Lippincott Boulevard just across the city limits in Burton. The suspects moved into a nearby neighborhood near Wood Lane and Lynn Street.

"We are processing a couple of different scenes. We won't get into details in terms of those scenes because it's an ongoing investigation, but in the area," Booth said.

Two suspects were arrested at the scene on Wood Lane and one was taken to Hurley Medical Center with unspecified injuries. Johnson was not injured.

Johnson was back at Flint Police Department headquarters on Thursday working on desk duty while Flint officers continued the investigation. The Genesee County Sheriff's Office agreed to take over the investigation into Johnson's actions later Thursday.

Residents of the south side Flint neighborhood say the sound of gunfire has become all too common lately. One resident said people are carrying guns and shooting in front of children frequently.

Booth confirmed the neighborhood has seen several police responses recently.

"We received several calls for shots fired in the area, for large groups of activity surrounding fights and gunshots being fired. So we have been in the area quite a bit," Booth said.