Injured security officer released from area hospital

Campus security officer Earnest Johnson

May 5, 2016 – A Fort Valley State University campus security officer who was repeatedly stabbed during an on-campus attack earlier this week has been released from the hospital.

FVSU Campus Safety Police Chief Kenneth Morgan said Earnest Johnson was able to return home for continuing recovery after being treated for seven stab wounds he suffered at the hands of Joseph Anthony Scott Jr. on May 3.

Scott, 25, a former FVSU student, has been charged with aggravated assault in Johnson’s injuries along with a murder charge in the stabbing death of 19-year-old freshman student Donnell M. Phelps.

Johnson, an FVSU employee since 2014, was attacked at the main entrance to the campus after being approached by Scott, who had minutes earlier stabbed Phelps several times near the university’s cafeteria. Phelps, an agricultural engineering technology student, had come to the aid of two female students who were being harassed and groped by Scott.

After stabbing Phelps, Scott fled to the main entrance of the campus where he tapped on the guard’s station to approach Johnson, who was unaware of the previous attack. When Johnson opened the door to the station, Scott began stabbing him with a knife before passerby Donovan Coley, FVSU intern coordinator, halted the attack.

Morgan said Johnson would need additional time to recover from the serious injuries he sustained.

“He is on his way and we are keeping him in our prayers,” Morgan said.

The police chief also praised Johnson for being an outstanding employee who had just last month received a commendation for quickly spotting and responding to a brush fire on campus.

“He is a great employee and we wish him a speedy recovery,” Morgan said.