Shooting suspect who shot himself in testicles faces assault, robbery charges

Shooting suspect who shot himself in testicles faces assault, robbery charges
Joseph Johnson

PORTLAND, Ore. – The man who shot himself in the testicles during a robbery and shooting Tuesday night was booked into jail on assault and robbery charges Thursday, police said.

Joseph Johnson, 40, also faces one count of felon in possession of a firearm.

Portland police said Johnson and the victim, 32-year-old Jordan Merrell, lived in the same building and knew each other before the robbery.

According to Sgt. Pete Simpson, Johnson demanded property from Merrell during a confrontation in the parking lot behind their building and shot Merrell in the leg.

“As Johnson ran from the scene, he shoved the gun into the front of his waistband and shot himself in the testicles,” Simpson said in a news release.

An officer later spotted Johnson talking to a woman nearby. Simpson said Johnson fell to the ground when he tried to run away.

Investigators learned that Johnson’s handgun was stolen.

Jordan Merrell is still in the hospital recovering from injuries that are not life-threatening, Simpson said.