Police: Hanover man shot another during drug-related robbery

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Hanover-area man is being held without bail in York County Prison, accused of shooting someone during an apparent drug deal that was actually an ambush robbery, according to Hanover Police.

Christopher Aaron Emmanuel Hill, 20, of the 400 block of Broadway, was captured Thursday, Oct. 11, and arraigned on charges of attempted third-degree murder, aggravated assault, being a felon in illegal possession of a firearm, robbery and carrying a firearm without a license.

Police said Hill shot Brandon Johnson, 22, of Gettysburg, about 4:15 a.m. July 26 in the first block of Fulton Street. 

Christopher Aaron Emmanuel Hill

According to charging documents, neighbors and other witnesses reported seeing and hearing four men arguing, then hearing a gunshot. 

They found Johnson with a gunshot wound in the 400 block of East Walnut Street, which intersects with Fulton Street, charging documents state.

Penn Township Police, who were assisting, detained a man named Jordan Neibert a short time later, after a witness gave a description that matched his, according to police.

Officers found a red drawstring bag near where Neibert was arrested; a different witness later said he saw the bag being held by one of the four men arguing, documents state.

The witness said the four men "kept looking inside the bag," according to documents, after which a scuffle ensued.

That's when Hill allegedly fired, striking Johnson in the abdomen, documents state.

Another witness said he saw two males run behind apartments in the 400 block of Broadway, according to police.

Officers later examined video surveillance footage from that apartment complex.

Ran into wall: In the video, Hill is seen leaving the apartment complex alone a few minutes before the shooting, then six minutes later Hill and Neibert are seen running back toward the complex from the area of Fulton Street, charging documents allege.

"(Hill) is running so fast that he runs into a concrete wall," charging documents state, which is when he can be seen with a drawstring bag he later gives to Neibert.

Video shows that Hill ran into the apartment complex and that Neibert ran toward Fulton Street, police said. 

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A witness close to Hill told officers that when Hill left his apartment to buy marijuana from Johnson, he was carrying a revolver, charging documents allege.

The witness also told officers that Hill was limping when he returned home, according to police.

Phone records: Police examined Neibert's cellphone and determined that he and Hill agreed to buy pot from Johnson, documents state.

Johnson — who was treated for his gunshot wound at York Hospital — later confirmed for investigators that he had entered into a drug transaction and drove to the location with Neibert, according to police.

Johnson said as he and Neibert were walking toward the area where they agreed to meet the buyer, he was stopped by a man he later identified as Hill in a photo lineup, documents state.

Hill told Johnson to "give him what he had," but when Johnson reached into his pocket for his phone, Hill shot him in the abdomen, documents allege.

Another witness told officers that Hill later bragged on Facebook about shooting Johnson, according to police.

Died the next day: Neibert, 22, became unresponsive while in custody and was taken to Hanover Hospital, where he died the next day — July 27, officials said.

York County Coroner Pam Gay said an autopsy was performed and that her office is awaiting the results of toxicology testing before determining the cause and manner of his death.

She said a drug overdose is suspected, but hasn't been confirmed.

In 2013, when Hill was 15 years old, he was charged as an adult in York City with robbery and related offenses, court records state.

The case was later moved to juvenile court, and police said that's where Hill was adjudicated guilty of robbery, making him a felon.

In Pennsylvania, felons are not permitted to own or even hold firearms.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.