Brother of shooting victim turns himself in to police in Springfield

Courtesy: Springfield Police

SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. (WKRN) – The man accused of trying to kill his own brother Monday night has turned himself into police.

Chief David Thompson with the Springfield Police Department said Joseph “Joe” Johnson shot his older brother in the leg around 8 p.m. Monday outside of the victim’s house on Ben Drive.

A neighbor made one of the calls to 911.

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DISPATCHER: Do you know who might’ve shot him? Do you know where they went?
CALLER: I think the brother.
DISPATCHER: Do you know where his brother might’ve gone?
CALLER: No, no. I just know he’s in a white PT Cruiser.

Upon their arrival, police found the victim beside a car in the home’s driveway.

“Apparently the victim was walking out to his car and his brother fired several shots but struck him once,” Chief Thompson said.

The victim was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center where he underwent an extensive emergency surgery. He is expected to survive.

Joseph “Joe” Johnson (Courtesy: Robertson County Sheriff’s Office)

Police released a description of the white 2009 PT Cruiser that Johnson was believed to be driving. News 2’s Josh Breslow spotted the car around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Springfield Police Department, and he called 911.

Breslow said the driver of the car tried to enter the police department, but drove away when he realized the door was locked.

Chief Thompson said Johnson returned to the police department around 8 a.m. Tuesday and turned himself in.

Johnson was taken to the Robertson County jail. He is charged with attempted criminal homicide.