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Michael Dunn, who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Russell Davis at a Florida gas station over loud music, said he acted in self-defense and is expected to invoke the "Stand Your Ground" law.
Michael Dunn, who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Russell Davis at a Florida gas station over loud music, said he acted in self defense and is expected to invoke the "Stand Your Ground" law.
According to the Miami New Times, Dunn, a 45-year-old resident of Satellite Beach, Fl., was in Jacksonville with his girlfriend to attend his son's wedding. Davis was also in the city with his girlfriend and a group of friends, and stopped at a gas station after a trip to the mall. Both were waiting outside the Gate gas station on Friday night when their girlfriends went inside to buy something.
Jacksonville sheriff's Lt. Rob Schoonover said Dunn was upset by Davis and his friends playing loud music from their SUV, reported the Orlando Sentinel. Dunn pulled up next to the group of teenagers in the parking lot to ask them to turn their music down. A verbal confrontation followed and Dunn pulled out a gun. He fired it eight or nine times, with two of the bullets fatally hitting Davis.
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Dunn's attorney, Robin Lemonidis, said Tuesday night that her client had acted in self-defense, according to ABC 25's First Coast News.
"He didn't think he had harmed anybody and he just thought he had scared them off and he wanted to report it, but he didn't want to go in a sense, throw himself to the wolves in a strange city without representation," Lemonidis told ABC.
The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has said Davis was unarmed but, according to Reuters, Lemonidis told reporters that someone in the SUV had brandished a shotgun, leading Dunn to open fire in self-defense.
"It will be very clear that Mr. Dunn acted responsibly, and as any responsible firearms owner would have acted, under these same circumstances," Lemonidis said.
Reuters also reported that she is expected to invoke Florida's "Stand Your Ground" — which gives legal protection to anyone, anywhere, to use deadly force in a case where a person is attacked and believes his life or safety is in danger law — in his defense.