Black Attempts to Rob Neighbor and Ends up Shooting Himself in the Nuts

January 31, 2014

Joseph Johnson thought he would look cool if he stuffed the pistol in his waist-band, but ending up shooting his own testicles with it.

A suspect who shot his neighbor during a robbery and then accidentally shot himself in the testicles Tuesday was booked Wednesday in the Multnomah County Jail, police said.

Joseph Johnson, 40 (pictured), was charged with robbery, assault and felon in possession of a firearm after detectives learned he confronted his neighbor, 32-year-old Jordan Merrell, in the parking lot behind their building at Southwest 10th Avenue and Southwest Columbia Street, said Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland police.

Around 8 p.m., Johnson demanded Merrell’s property then shot him once in the leg. While Johnson ran away, he shoved the gun into his front waistband and shot himself in the testicles, Simpson said.

Witnesses said they heard the argument and saw Merrell run into a nearby Safeway grocery store with a gunshot wound.

Police swarmed to the area and closed adjacent streets to track Johnson down.

Transit police then spotted Johnson talking to a woman getting into her car at Southwest 6th Avenue and Southwest Mill Street. Johnson tried to run but fell to the ground and was taken into custody.

Johnson still had the handgun used in the shooting, which police later learned was stolen during a car break in near the Rose Quarter in November.

Johnson was treated for his injuries and booked in jail. Merrell was in the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries