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Security guard released on $50K bond, victim's family upset

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Joey Johnson Jr. (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office) Joey Johnson Jr. (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Deputies said the security guard, who shot at a truck outside of an Anderson nightclub, killing a woman, was arrested on a manslaughter charge, and a judge set his bond at $50,000.

His bond was paid, and he was released early Friday afternoon.

Joey Ryan Johnson Jr., 28, of Greenville, was charged with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault of a high and aggravated nature, according to Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper.

According to Johnson's attorney, Druanne White, his family plans to post bail Friday, to ensure his release, until his next scheduled court appearance on Sept. 6.

News of Johnson's bail relieved his family, who told FOX Carolina, Johnson was an Iraq war veteran, who served as military police. A young woman who said she is Johnson's sister told us, "I've known him my entire life, and he has never hurt anybody and he's been in the military. I believe he acted in self-defense and self-defense only."

Anderson County deputies said Johnson was hired as a security guard by Black Ops Protective Services, LLC, to help protect the property of the nightclub Marvon's. The club is located at 802 Highway 28 Bypass.

Johnson said he was investigating claims of guns on the property, and at one point, he tried to stop a truck on the property next door, but the passenger grabbed the steering wheel, aiming the truck at him, according to Capt. Garland Major with the sheriff's office.

That's when deputies said Johnson fired several shots at the truck. He told deputies he fired his gun in self-defense.

Deputies said 11 bullets struck the sides and rear of the truck, in addition to hitting the driver, 21-year-old India Lomax, and the passenger, Willis Donald, 33.

Deputies said the truck continued a short distance, before hitting a parked car and a utility pole, at the intersection of Highway 28 Bypass and Market Street.

The coroner said Lomax died from a single gunshot wound to the back, and Donald was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

Major said Johnson was the only person known to have fired a weapon.

Family members of Lomax and Donald were very upset upon hearing the news of Johnson's bond, and stormed out of the courtroom in outrage, expressing concern that justice was not done. One woman yelled, "This is another Trayvon Martin case."

Donald was also present at Friday's bond hearing, and insists Johnson's story is fabricated. Inside the courtroom, Donald stated on record that, "He tried to kill me, evidently."

"I have a friend that say he came back in the club, and said he wish he could've shot me instead of Ms. Lomax," Donald said.

Johnson turned himself into deputies Thursday, after which his lawyer said he acted in self-defense.

"He was clearly acting in self defense," White told FOX Carolina. "When the car was coming toward him, he got out of the way. He had to act in the matter of a couple of seconds, and that is why the bullet holes were on the side of the vehicle, the vehicle was a threat. There's nothing inappropriate about his actions at all."

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