Uber Driver Shoots And Kills Armed Robber Kevin Johnson
Aventura, FL – An unidentified Uber driver shot and killed armed robber Kevin Johnson who attempted to rob the passengers in his vehicle early Sunday morning on the Lehman Causeway.
Early Sunday morning an unidentified Uber driver picked up a fare and headed for the airport. During the trip, a group of armed robbers cut off the vehicle on the Lehman Causeway and forced it to stop. The driver of the van, Kevin Johnson, 24, emerged armed and attempted to rob the people in the car but the Uber driver produced his own firearm and shot Kevin Johnson 4 times, killing him.
The Uber driver has not been identified at the time of this publishing.
Sergeant Chris Goranitis of the Aventura Police Department said that the Uber driver had just picked up a customer and was taking him to the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport, which is just off William Lehman Causeway just before 6 a.m. Sometime soon after he got on the causeway, the black Toyota he was driving was cut off by a Dodge Caravan and forced off of the road.
Goranitis said that the driver of the minivan (Kevin Johnson) exited with a firearm in each hand and pointed them at the Uber driver, demanding items. The Uber driver, who has a valid concealed weapons permit was not going to sit idly by and become a victim. The Uber driver produced his own firearm and shot armed robber Kevin Johnson four times, according to police. The passenger inside of the Dodge Caravan jumped into the driver’s seat and fled the area.
Kevin Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene, in the middle of the street, and no one else was hurt.
Police locked down the area searching for the Caravan but were initially unsuccessful. By late Sunday night, police had located the Dodge Caravan and impounded it as evidence and they were speaking to a person of interest in this case we believe was Kevin Johnson. It is unknown if the person of interest was the subject in the van that fled the scene. It was later afternoon Monday when police released the identity of the suspect killed as being armed robber Kevin Johnson.
Although the victim in this case did possess a concealed weapons permit, he may be in trouble with Uber. According to Uber’s website, the company prohibits “riders and drivers from carrying firearms of any kind in a vehicle while using our app. Of course, Blue Lives Matters believes that he should get a pass this time. Not only did Uber driver prevent himself from being an innocent victim, he prevented the Uber customer from being a victim as well. He may have saved both of their lives. The suspect could have murdered them just as easily as let them go.
Kevin Johnson made his own choices and his decisions Sunday morning led to an acute case of lead poisoning at the hands of his would-be victim.
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