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Police release 911 transcript of call prior to officer-involved shooting

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This is the airsoft pistol police say Frank Johnston pointed at officers. Source: Anniston Police Department This is the airsoft pistol police say Frank Johnston pointed at officers. Source: Anniston Police Department
The officer-involved shooting happened at Net Street and Twine Street in the Blue Mountain community of Anniston. Source: WBRC video The officer-involved shooting happened at Net Street and Twine Street in the Blue Mountain community of Anniston. Source: WBRC video
ANNISTON, AL (WBRC) -

Anniston police have released the 911 transcript of a call that came in prior to an officer-involved shooting in the Blue Mountain community.

The 911 caller said a man with a gun was pointing it at houses on Twine Street and Net Street in the Blue Mountain community.

When officers responded to the area, they found a man walking around with a gun. They told him multiple times to drop his weapon, but he refused, Anniston police said.

The officers fatally shot the man after he pointed the gun at them and assumed a shooting stance. The gun turned out to be an Airsoft M-1911 replica pellet gun, but the officers didn't know that at the time.

The person who called 911 identified himself as "Frank." The man killed in the incident was named Frank Charles Johnston. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

After the shooting, Anniston investigators called the number the 911 phone call came from, but didn't get an answer. They interviewed Johnson's wife and found a cell phone inside the home that matched the number from the 911 call.

The phone is being processed in Hoover by the Alabama Electronic Crimes Task Force.

The two officers who fire shots at Johnston are on administrative leave with pay through the weekend, pending the investigation. Anniston Police Chief Shane Denham says he will re-evaluate their status on Monday.

Anniston Police also released the 911 transcript of the phone call between "Frank" and Calhoun County 911. The transcript is below:

911 Operator- 911, where is your emergency?

Caller-Ma'am there is a guy on Twine Street and Net brandishing a weapon and pointing it at houses.

911 Operator- You said Twine Street and Net Street?

Caller- Yes Ma'am

911 Operator- OK, has he harmed anyone?

Caller- Uh, he's pointing it at people's houses

911 Operator-OK sir you said he had a knife?

Caller- No, a gun

911 Operator- Do you know if he has been drinking?

Caller- He's got a gun (at this point in the call, the caller and 911 Operator are talking over one another)

911 Operator- A gun? Excuse me; do you know if he's been drinking?

Caller-I don't know ma'am

911 Operator-OK sir, you're calling from 294-****, what was your name?

Caller- Yes ma'am, Frank

911 Operator-Frank, ok so do me one favor, we're gonna talk to the Anniston Police Department, don't hang up.

At this point, you can hear the caller hang up.

911 Operator then transfers the call to the Anniston Police Department Dispatcher and relays the information received from the caller.

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