UPDATE: Huntington Shooting/Standoff Suspect Sentenced after Identity Trial

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 5/1/13 @ 12:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- It took a jury just seven minutes to return a verdict confirming that Phillip G. Johnson is the same person who was convicted last month of wanton endangerment, malicious wounding, attempted first-degree murder and possession of a firearm.

The purpose for Johnson's trial on Wednesday was to establish that Johnson, 27, was the same person convicted of prior felonies which can increase the sentence for his most recent conviction.

Huntington Police Officer Steve Compton was one of the first people to testify Wednesday.

Compton said he used fingerprint cards to compare fingerprints of Johnson from a crime he was convicted of in 2003, and the crime he was convicted of last month.

Compton testified that the fingerprints from both crimes matched Johnson's fingerprints.

Huntington Detective Chris Sperry also testified that he had known Johnson for many years and had been involved with his prior arrests.

Just seven minutes after the case was given to the jury, a decision had been made -- Johnson was in fact the same person in both cases.

Judge Ferguson then gave Johnson the opportunity to speak prior to sentencing.

Johnson told the court this is all wrong.

"This whole situation is crazy, you know that. Just looking at what was said in the case, whatever...it's just all wrong, it's just all wrong but it is what it is and I can handle it," said Johnson.

Judge Ferguson imposed longer sentences for each offense since Johnson was determined to be the same person with prior felonies that were violent in nature.

"The thing that grabs me is that these were all crimes of violence," said Judge Ferguson.

Johnson was sentenced to six to 15 years for attempted murder, 10 years on wanton endangerment, which was increased from 5 years and 10 years for possession of a firearm, which was also increased from 5 years. All of the sentences will run consecutively.

Johnson’s April conviction was the result of a shooting on July 31, 2012, in the 800 block of 10th Avenue, which is the same block as the YMCA daycare.

Police found the victim, in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store minutes after the shooting was reported

About five hours later, police arrested Johnson at a house in the 1100 block of 10th Avenue.



UPDATE 4/5/13 @ 7:40 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A man tried in connection with a shooting near a daycare and then a standoff with police was found guilty Friday on all counts.

Phillip Johnson, 27, of Huntington was found guilty of attempted murder, wanton endangerment and felony possession of a firearm during his trial in Cabell County Circuit Court.

The shooting happened July 31, 2012, in the 800 block of 10th Avenue, which is the same block as the YMCA daycare.

Police found the victim, 26-year-old Kyle Gibbs, in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store minutes after the shooting was reported

About 5 hours later, police arrested Johnson at a house in the 1100 block of 10th Avenue following a nearly two-hour standoff with police, including SWAT team members.

Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook said the shooting happened during an argument as the victim and the suspect were driving through the area in a car.

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UPDATE 4/4/13 @ 10:10 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Testimony is expected to continue Thursday in the trial of a man charged in connection with a shooting near a daycare and then a standoff with police.

Phillip Gregory Johnson, 27, of Huntington, is charged with attempted murder, being felon in possession of firearm and wanton endangerment.

The shooting happened on July 31, 2012 in the 800-block of 10th Avenue, which is the same block as the YMCA daycare.

Police found the victim, 26-year-old Kyle Gibbs, in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store minutes after the shooting was reported

About 5 hours later, police arrested Phillip Johnson at a house in the 1100-block of 10th Avenue following a nearly two-hour standoff with police, including SWAT team members.

Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook said the shooting happened during an argument as the victim and the suspect were driving through the area in a car

A witness told WSAZ.com that the victim and shooter were running down the street when multiple shots were fired. The shooter then jumped back in the car and fled the area.

Johnson’s trial began Wednesday and is taking place in Cabell County Circuit Court.

Gibbs is expected to testify for the prosecution on Thursday.

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UPDATE 7/31/12 @ 8:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman also has been arrested in a situation Tuesday that involved a shooting and a standoff between a man and police, according to a Huntington Police Department news release.

Kandyce Michelle Rogers of the 1100 block of 10th Avenue, Huntington, was charged as being an accessory after the fact.

Earlier Tuesday, officers arrested Phillip Gregory Johnson, 27, of Huntington. He was charged with malicious wounding, wanton endangerment and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The victim -- Kyle Michael Gibbs, 26, of Huntington -- was taken to Cabell Huntington Hospital. He was shot twice -- once in the back and once in the left leg. His injuries are not considered to be life threatening.

The shooting happened about 8 a.m. Tuesday in the 800 block of 10th Avenue. Investigators quickly located a vehicle connected with the incident at the Speedway station at the intersection of 8th Street and 9th Avenue.

Johnson was located a short time later inside a residence in the 1100 block of 10th Avenue. He surrendered early Tuesday afternoon following a standoff with police, which included a SWAT team.

Police found a handgun that may have been used in the shooting.

The investigation continues. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 7/31/12 @ 2:55 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – Police have made an arrest in a shooting near a Huntington daycare Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened in the 800 block of 10th Avenue just after 8 a.m. This is in the same block as the YMCA daycare.

Police found the victim, 26-year-old Kyle Gibbs in the parking lot of a convenience store at the corner of 8th Street and 9th Avenue minutes after the shooting was reported. Gibbs was taken to hospital with non life threatening wounds.

About 12:45 p.m. Tuesday, police arrested 27-year-old Phillip Johnson at a house in the 1100 block of 10th Avenue. The arrest happened following a nearly 2 hour standoff with police, including a SWAT team members.

Johnson is being charged with malicious wounding.

Huntington Police Chief Skip Holbrook says the shooting happened following an argument as the victim and the suspect were driving through the area in a car

A witness told WSAZ.com that the victim and shooter were running down the street when multiple shots were fired. The shooter then jumped back in the car and fled the area.

Chief Holbrook says no children were on the daycare playground when the shooting happened.

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UPDATE 7/31/12 @ 12:50 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A police standoff in Huntington has come to a peaceful conclusion.

About 11 a.m. Tuesday, Huntington Police surrounded a house in the 1100 block of 10th Avenue looking for the suspect in a shooting earlier in the day. The SWAT team was also called to the scene.

The shooting happened in the 800 block of 10th Avenue just after 8 a.m. This is in the same block as the YMCA daycare.

Police found the victim a block away at a convenience store at the corner of 8th Street and 9th Avenue. The man was taken to hospital with non life threatening wounds.

Police Chief Skip Holbrook says the shooting happened following an argument as the victim and the suspect were driving through the area in a car. Holbrook would not say if the shooting happened inside or outside the car.

A witness told WSAZ.com that the victim and shooter were running down the street when multiple shots were fired. The shooter then jumped back in the car and fled the area.

Chief Holbrook says no children were on the daycare playground when the shooting happened.

About 12:35 p.m., the standoff ended with our crew at the scene reporting that one person was taken into custody.

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UPDATE 7/31/12 @ 12:30 p.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police have surrounded a house in Huntington where they believe the suspect in a shooting may be hiding out.

The shooting happened in the 800 block of 10th Avenue just after 8 a.m. This is in the same block as the YMCA daycare.

Police found the victim a block away at a convenience store at the corner of 8th Street and 9th Avenue. The man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.

Police Chief Skip Holbrook says the man was shot several times.

Holbrook says the shooting happened following an argument as the victim and the suspect were driving through the area in a car. Holbrook would not say if the shooting happened inside or outside the car.

A witness told WSAZ.com that the victim and shooter were running down the street when multiple shots were fired. The shooter then jumped back in the car and fled the area.

Holbrook says no children were on the daycare playground when the shooting happened.

For the past two hours, police have blocked off several streets in the area of 11th Street and 10th Avenue. It is believed the suspect is in house in that neighborhood. The SWAT team was called to the scene.

Earlier, Holbrook says detectives had identified the suspect in the shooting, but was not releasing his name.

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UPDATE 7/31/12 @ 10:55 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are now looking for the suspect in a shooting that happened across the street from a daycare in Huntington Tuesday morning.

The shooting happened in the 800 block of 10th Avenue just after 8 a.m. This is in the same block as the YMCA daycare.

Police found the victim a block away at a convenience store at the corner of 8th Street and 9th Avenue. The man was taken to hospital with non life threatening wounds.

Police Chief Skip Holbrook says the man was shot several times.

Holbrook says the shooting happened following an argument as the victim and the suspect were driving through the area in a car. Holbrook was not sure if the shooting happened inside or outside the car.

A witness told WSAZ.com that the victim and shooter were running down the street when multiple shots were fired. The shooter then jumped back in the car and fled the area.

Chief Holbrook says no children were on the daycare playground when the shooting happened.

The Chief says detectives have identified the suspect. They are not releasing that person’s name at this time. They are also not releasing the name of the victim.

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ORIGINAL STORY 7/31/12 @ 8:23 a.m.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Police are investigating a shooting that reportedly happened in the 800 block of 10th Avenue in Huntington.

The shooting was reported just after 8 a.m. Tuesday.

The victim was found a couple of blocks away near the corner of 9th Avenue and 8th Street.

The man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening wounds.

No word on suspects in the shooting.

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