Memphis Police Name Suspect Wanted in Murder of Rapper Young Dolph

Justin Johnson, 23, is pictured in a photo released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation on Jan. 5, 2022, with a notice that he is wanted and should be considered armed and dangerous. (TBI)

Memphis police and the U.S. Marshals Service announced the name of a suspect in the shooting death of Young Dolph, the Memphis, Tennessee, rapper who was killed on Nov. 17.

Justin Johnson, 23, is wanted by police in connection with a number alleged charges, including first-degree murder, criminal attempted first-degree murder and property theft, the Memphis Police Department said on Wednesday evening in a release posted on social media.

Police urged the public to share any information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts and said that Johnson is a fugitive and “should be considered armed & dangerous.”

Johnson is 5-foot-8, 190 pounds and has black hair and brown eyes, police said. A reward of up to $15,000 is being ordered for information leading to his arrest, law enforcement said.

Young Dolph, whose given name was Adolph Robert Thornton Jr., was shot and killed in Memphis on Nov. 17 while visiting Makeda’s Homemade Butter Cookies, a bakery in South Memphis that the rapper was known to frequent. He was 36.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Deena Zaru