The rash of national killings of unarmed Blacks has overshadowed a local tragedy, the killing of 35-year-old Joshua Johnson around 6 am on April 22, 2020 at the hands of Harris County Deputy Tu Tran, who has killed before.
Moreover, Tran’s account is challenged by what neighbors witnessed, as well as a mystery bullet that may provide Joshua with a voice from the grave demanding further investigation.
While Tran asserts his vehicle was parked under a streetlight where he was approached by Johnson who Tran said had a flashlight in one hand and gun in the other, multiple neighbors put Tran’s black SUV four-to-five houses away, parked in a vacant lot before, during and after the time of the shooting.
If Tran’s account is accurate, and he shot Johnson while seated in his vehicle under the streetlight, Pringle and Hudson are at a loss for how that was physically possible.
Hudson, who believes Tran pursued Johnson there and shot him in the back, said, “There’s no way a bullet wouldn’t shoot straight through that garage door unless it first passed through Joshua.