Crime & Courts
Pinellas deputies kill man wanted for impregnating girl, 11
Two Pinellas deputies shot and killed a man wanted for impregnating an 11-year-old girl this morning at a Treasure Island motel. Gregory Johns, 42 was pronounced dead about 5:30 a.m., said Pinellas Sheriff Bob Gualtieri. Deputies had been searching for Johns when they received information that he was staying in a motel on Madeira Beach or Treasure Island, Gualtieri said. After searching every hotel on the strip, deputies found Johns at the Trails End Motel, 11500 Gulf Boulevard, Gualtieri said.Deputies Claudio Dimundo and Eric Turner forced their way into Johns' room after he would not come out. When they entered, they didn't see Johns and discovered he was hiding in the bathroom with the door locked, Gualtieri said. Deputies ordered Johns out but he refused, Gualtieri said. As deputies were trying to open the door to go in to arrest Johns, he came out of the bathroom and charged at them with a knife in his hands, telling the deputies he was going to kill them," Gualtieri said. The deputies fired a total of 10 rounds, about five rounds each, Gualtieri said. Johns died at the scene. Deputies began searching for Johns after he and the 11-year-old's mother brought the girl to a hospital because she was complaining of stomach pains, deputies said. When doctors determined the girl was pregnant, Johns became visibly upset and asked the child's mother for the car keys so he could get some cigarettes. Johns fled and didn't return. The girl told deputies that she had been sexually battered as many as three times in June, deputies said. Along with the sexual battery charge, Johns was wanted for false imprisonment of a 78-year-old woman on Tuesday and the robbery of a couple at knifepoint in Vinoy Park in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, deputies said. Johns has a long criminal history of violent crimes and charges dating back to 1987. Dimundo and Turner were placed on administrative leave while the investigation is conducted, as is standard procedure in deputy involved shootings.