Claudius Smith Claims Self-Defense After Chasing And Shooting Possible Burglar: Orlando Police
01/20/14 11:22 AM ET
Get ready for "Stand Your Ground, Part 2."
Police say an Orlando man is claiming self-defense after fatally shooting a man that he saw walking through his front yard.
Claudius Smith was charged with second-degree murder on Friday for the death of Ricardo Sanes, 21, TV station WOFL reported.
Sanes' body was found with multiple gunshot wounds on Thursday morning in an apartment complex near Smith's home.
Smith, 32, sprang out of his home after his girlfriend Angela Kemraj told him she'd seen someone on a surveillance monitor crossing their lawn, the Orlando Sentinel reported.
Kemraj told police she saw Smith leave the house and hop a fence in pursuit. Following his arrest at his sister's apartment, Smith allegedly admitted to the shooting, the Sentinel reported in a subsequent article.
A police report obtained by the Sentinel indicated that Smith told officers he'd had a recent problem with burglaries and that he was certain Sanes was the culprit. Smith pulled his gun when he confronted Sanes. A fight broke out, with Sanes allegedly throwing the first punch. Fearing that Sanes was reaching for a gun, Smith opened fire, he told police.
Investigators say they found a gun stuffed in Sanes' pants. But police examining his body surmised that he had been shot in the back, which may cast doubt on Smith's account.http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/4631639
Edited by GG - Jan 22 2014 at 6:53am