A man accused of shooting another man to death Nov. 16 told police the victim shot at him first before dropping the gun during a struggle.
Jamal Pridgeon, 22, said he and Terrance Brooks were involved in an altercation at 2001 W. 29th Ave., and during that altercation, Brooks pulled out a handgun and fired at him several times, Detective Jeremy Oswalt said during a court hearing Tuesday for Pridgeon.
Oswalt said Pridgeon told police Brooks dropped the gun and he picked it up and fired at Brooks before leaving the scene.
Police found Brooks bleeding inside a vehicle when they responded to a report of shots fired at about 2:52 p.m., and Oswalt said Brooks, 24, was taken to Jefferson Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery and died later that day in the hospital Intensive Care Unit.
Asked by Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer if there were “four or five witnesses” to the shooting, Oswalt said “right around that number” and told Kizer that “there were no other suspects.”
According to the probable cause affidavit, Pridgeon turned himself in to Detective Jerry Lambert Sunday afternoon at about 3 p.m., and Oswalt said Lambert read Pridgeon his rights and obtained a statement from him.
Oswalt said police recovered multiple shell casings at the scene and later recovered a handgun believed to be the murder weapon.
Neither the affidavit nor Oswalt in his testimony said what the altercation between Pridgeon and Brooks was about.
Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $250,000 bond for Pridgeon Tuesday after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with first-degree murder.
Kizer asked for that bond amount after talking to Prosecuting Attorney S. Kyle Hunter.
According to the intake log at the adult detention center, Pridgeon is also being held for a probation violation from Ashley County, but when asked about that during the court hearing, Oswalt said he was not aware of what that violation was.
Pridgeon said he would hire his own attorney.
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