CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) - Chattanooga Police say what was initially reported as a carjacking was actually a drug deal gone bad.

Police say Nathaniel Johnson called police to report that he'd been carjacked by an acquaintance, but officers say they got a different story from witnesses.

Officers say Johnson admitted to going to the 2000 block of Rawlings Street to buy drugs. Johnson tells police he was approached by a man who he said he owed money.

Police say Johnson tells them the suspect pulled up in a white Chrysler and got into his vehicle. The suspect allegedly asked Johnson for his payment and when Johnson didn't produce it , the suspect pulled a gun.

At that point, Johnson said he left his truck and ran, fearing he would be shot. We he returned, Johns said his truck was missing.

Witnesses tell police Johnson had been sitting in front of a home since 7:00 a.m. and didn't see a robbery or a white Chrysler.

Officers are still looking for a black 1999 Dodge Ram with a black camper top; unknown plates.

Police say the incident is being treated as a car theft, since there isn't enough evidence of a carjacking.

The case remains open and is under investigation.