Slugged with his own gun. Yeah, that’ll play well in jail.

18-year-old tries to rob taxi driver, shot with his own gun

Gresham, Oregon…………

An 18-year-old is accused of trying to rob a taxi driver and getting shot with his own gun during a struggle, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies were called out at about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday morning on reports of a robbery near the intersection of SW 188th Court and SW Farmington Road. The cab driver told deputies that he picked up 18-year-old Josiah Johnson in Gresham. When Johnson asked to go to the Aloha area, the driver asked for partial payment up front or collateral because of the long drive.

Deputies said Johnson gave the driver his cell phone, and then they drove to a home near the intersection of SW 188th Court and SW Farmington Road. When they arrived, the driver said Johnson tried to pay with a fake $100 bill, which he immediately recognized was fraudulent. That’s when deputies said Johnson pulled a gun out and pointed it at the back of the cab driver’s head and started yelling.

According to deputies, the driver saw an opportunity to grab the gun from Johnson, so he did. A struggle over the gun ensued, and it went off – hitting Johnson. Both Johnson and the cab driver got out of the car, where the fight continued. Deputies said the cab driver was able to get the gun away from Johnson, throw it away from both of them, and yell for help.

Neighbors heard the commotion, helped the cab driver hold Johnson down, and called 911. Deputies arrived shortly after. Johnson was arrested at the scene and taken to a local hospital where he was treated and released for his injuries, according to deputies.

Johnson was later booked into the Washington County jail on:

  • 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
  • Possession of a controlled substance – schedule IV