Suspect in high-speed chase identified as Lubbock man
Police have identified the man who killed himself following a high-speed chase in Amarillo this morning.
Dyone Deshawn Johnson, 24, of Lubbock, was identified by the tattoos on his body after apparently shooting himself to avoid capture, police said. He had been released from prison Dec. 31.
Johnson was wanted for aggravated assault and multiple carjackings in an alleged two-day crime spree in Lubbock in late March. He was also suspected of shooting at a Lubbock police officer when the officer tried to stop him after another carjacking, authorities said.
His criminal record included numerous assaults, burglary, theft and evading arrest, authorities said.
Lubbock police released Johnson’s picture and warrant information to media Wednesday, asking for help finding him and warning the public he was considered armed and dangerous.
And Johnson allegedly began another crime spree Wednesday night.
He was suspected of a robbery and two attempted carjackings in Amarillo overnight, and led police on a high-speed chase. That chase ended with Johnson’s vehicle crashing into the Ewing Irrigation building at 6664 Canyon Drive early this morning.
Trevor Thompson, general manager of the landscaping supply store, said he was almost physically ill when he got the call from police about 2 this morning. A police officer told him to come to his business, where there had been an accident and somebody had died, but wouldn’t say who it was.
He didn’t know who had died until he arrived at the warehouse, he said.
The unusual sequence of events began when a teacher at Amarillo College was approached by Johnson about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday as she walked to her car after class, police said. Johnson tried to take her vehicle and she resisted, authorities said.
Johnson allegedly struck the teacher in the head with a silver-colored handgun, but the struggle drew the attention of other people in the parking lot.
The suspect ran away on foot, but police were given a detailed description of him.
The woman was taken to the hospital with head wounds.
Police said Johnson later robbed two men in the parking lot of a bar on the 700 block of West 16th Street in Amarillo. Along with their personal items, their Chrysler Pacifica was stolen, police said. An officer spotted the car a few blocks away and began to follow it, waiting for backup, police said.
Johnson fled in the car, leading police on a chase through town, authorities said. Police managed to puncture one tire with a spike strip at Canyon Drive and 45th Avenue, authorities said. The Pacifica continued southbound on Interstate 27 but left the highway at Republic Street, continuing southbound on the access road, police said. Officers again used a spike strip to stop the car, managing to puncture more tires, authorities said.
At Bluebird Street the car left the road and ran over a street sign, several decorative poles and rock landscaping before striking a support column on the Ewing Irrigation building, causing severe damage to the car and building, police said.
Police approached the car and found Johnson in the driver’s seat with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, authorities said. Officers attempted first aid and Johnson was taken to Northwest Texas Hospital, where he died, police said.
Thompson estimated the damage to his building and its grounds in excess of $20,000. The car had plowed through a decorative pond and knocked over decorative poles, which were going to be used in a landscaping class this afternoon. Thompson said the class will probably now be held inside the building.