Victim: Steven C. Johnson (killed)
The accused: Greg McQuitter

Johnson

Steven C. Johnson

Black male

Age at time: 40

Weapon: unclear

Victim photo: Seminole County Sheriff's Office

 
Greg_McQuitter

Greg McQuitter

Black male

Age at time: 27

Weapon: gun

gun

Case type:
Robbery

Location:
Public

Initiator:
Victim

Witnesses:
No

Case year:
2006

Location details: Leaving a friend's home at Windchase Apartments in Sanford, Seminole County, on April 26, 2006

What happened: Greg McQuitter, an Orange County Sheriff's deputy, was leaving a friend's house at about 2 a.m. when a man approached him. McQuitter said that man, 40-year-old Steven Johnson, tried to rob him. The off-duty deputy fired his gun three times, killing Johnson. No weapon was found on Johnson, the Orlando Sentinel reported in April 2006.

The outcome: Ruled justifiable by the state attorney's office, no charges were filed against McQuitter.

Investigating agency: Seminole-Brevard State Attorney

Case decision made by: Prosecutor

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/
disputed

Did the victim initiate the confrontation?

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Was the victim armed?

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Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation?

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Did the defendant pursue the victim?

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Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict?

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Was the defendant on his or her property?

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Did someone witness the attack?

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Was there physical evidence?

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Source: Orlando Sentinel, June 11, 2006.

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Case last updated: Aug. 10, 2013