Authorities arrested 18-year-old Josiah Johnson after he reportedly tried to rob a taxi driver in Oregon on Tuesday.
The quick-thinking taxi driver, however, quickly engaged Johnson and stopped the situation from spiraling further out of control.
What are the details?
Because of the long journey, the unnamed taxi driver requested that Johnson pre-pay for the trip. Johnson reportedly handed over his cell phone to the driver as collateral.
When the driver arrived at Johnson’s requested destination, Johnson reportedly handed over a counterfeit $100 bill as payment. The driver, according to the release, immediately spotted the fake and confronted the 18-year-old over payment.
At that point, Johnson allegedly pulled out a gun, pointed it at the back of the driver’s head, and began shouting. The driver was able to engage the suspect as he was yelling, and a struggle over the weapon ensued.
During the struggle, authorities said, the gun went off, striking Johnson in the left hip. The bullet exited the left side of Johnson’s buttocks, and the two exited the vehicle to fight over the weapon once more.
At that point, the driver was then able to wrest away the gun from an injured Johnson and began shouting for assistance. Local residents spilled out of their homes to discover the source of the gunshot and, seeing the scuffle, phoned authorities.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on the scene a short time later and discovered a wounded Johnson, who was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries.
Following his release from the hospital, authorities charged the 18-year-old with robbery in the first degree, assault in the fourth degree, menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree, and possession of a controlled, schedule IV substance.