Tuesday, November 28, 2006
ATLANTA, Nov. 28... three officers were executing a search warrant that said an informant had purchased crack from a man at her address. The police had obtained a no-knock warrant, allowing them to enter without first announcing themselves, so as to prevent the disposal of evidence. They cut the burglar bars, forced open the door and then identified themselves as officers.
But Ms. Johnston, 88, was already at the door with a revolver, which neighbors later said she had kept for protection. She shot all three officers before she fell in a hail of gunfire.