New York 1 News

December 3, 1999

Teen Found Guilty in Shooting Death of Staten Island Police Officer

A Staten Island teen awaits sentencing after he's found guilty in the shooting death of a police officer. A packed courtroom erupted in cheers as Shatiek Johnson was led out in handcuffs Thursday. Outside the courthouse, emotions continued to run high from those who know and loved Officer Gerard Carter. The jury convicted Johnson of second degree murder with intent, the harshest charges he could face as a minor. Johnson was 17 at the time of the shooting. Police say he shot Carter at point-blank range while the officer was sitting in a police van in 1998. The 28-year-old officer was preparing to serve Johnson with a warrant for failing to do community service after a fare beating charge. Carter's partner, Eric Storch, says there is no doubt in his mind the jury made the right decision. Storch says, "I knew he was gonna be guilty because he was absolutely one hundred percent guilty. I know Gerry is looking down on us smiling now." Johnson faces 25 years to life behnd bars when he is sentenced in two weeks.