Chris Johnson accused of hiring hit man to kill shooters from 2015 incident
Chris Johnson was the victim of a drive-by shooting in 2015 that left him wounded and one of his friends dead, and the former NFL running back is now being accused of hiring hit men to exact revenge.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Johnson has been accused of paying a gang member to kill two men who were suspected of opening fire on Johnson and his friends in a shooting in Orlando back on March 8, 2015. Johnson was shot in the shoulder, and his friend Dreekius Johnson was killed.
Not long after the shooting, a well-known Florida gang member named Dominic Bolden shot and killed two men in two separate incidents — one on Jan. 19, 2016 and the other on July 24, 2016. The victims were believed to be the shooters in the drive-by that left Johnson and one other wounded and killed Dreekius Johnson. Law enforcement officials say an informant told them Chris Johnson paid Bolden for the murders and helped him become the leader of a famed drug organization in Florida.
According to the court documents, Johnson is believed to have supplied Bolden with “funds and an individual who could continually supply Dominic Bolden with as much narcotics as needed to supply the DTO.” The informant told investigators the murder-for-hire scheme elevated Bolden’s reputation and made him the de-factor leader of the drug organization.
Johnson is also accused of assisting with the day-to-day operations of the drug organization, but he has not been charged with any crime related to that or the alleged murder-for-hire plot. His representatives told TMZ there is “no validity to any of these accusations.”
Johnson was arrested on a troubling charge not long before he was shot in 2015, so the three-time Pro Bowler is not a stranger to legal issues.