Thursday, May 28, 2009
Prescription for Murder: Pharmacist Charged With 1st Degree Murder After Shooting Unarmed 16-year old Would-Be-Robber 6 Times
"Take six of these and call me in the morning": Jerome Ersland, 59, says he acted out of fear and self-defense
Sad story out of Oklahoma.
Pharmacist Jerome Ersland has been changed with First-degree murder after shooting and killing 16-year old Antwun Parker in a robbery attempt...as he should be. Read the details of this story after the jump.
Taken from KOCO.com
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Prosecutors have charged Jerome Ersland with first-degree murder.
He was booked into the Oklahoma County Jail Wednesday after turning himself in, police said.
Ersland said two males tried to rob his pharmacy at Southwest 59th and Penn last Tuesday. Police investigators said Ersland shot 16-year-old Antwun Parker, killing him.
R.I.P. Antwun Parker
District Attorney David Prater said he defends a person's right to protect themselves, but Ersland crossed the line.
Surveillance video showed that the other man who came into the store demanding money had a gun but Parker did not. The tape showed that Parker seemed to be in the process of putting on a mask, police said.
Ersland fired shots at Parker, hitting him in the head. He also chased the second man down the street, firing two more shots.
"If that first shot had been fatal, we wouldn't be here," Prater said. "That was a legitimate shot taken by Mr. Ersland when he was in imminent threat of death or bodily injury. He's defending himself."
Prosecutors said Ersland returned to the store after the chase and fired five more shots into Parker's abdomen. Parker was unconscious with gunshot wounds to his head, prosecutors said.
A medical examiner said Parker would have survived the head injury, but died from the shooting to his abdomen.
"Jerome Ersland was justified in shooting Antwun Parker in the robbery attempt," Prater said. "Ersland is accused of exceeding that lawful authority through deadly force when Ersland shot Parker five times in the abdomen with a .380 caliber pistol after the failed robbery."
He said that Parker posed no imminent threat to Ersland at that point.
"When you put a pistol just a foot away from his chest and you fire five rounds into that child's chest, in my opinion, the laws of this state do not protect in the use of that deadly force," Prater said.
VIEW THE ACTUAL VIDEO FOOTAGE HERE (shocking to say the least)
After the shooting, Ersland told Eyewitness News 5 that he acted to save his life.
"They were shooting at me and I was just shooting to get them off of me and get to them to leave," Ersland said. "I wasn't trying to kill them."
Ersland's attorney, Irven Box, said his client plans to plead not guilty during his arraignment.
"I think the only message is, 'Enough is enough crime and robberies in this city,'" Box said. "I think he took the first steps toward doing that."
The Parker Family Watching The Video
Parker's Family Reacts
News of the murder charge came on the same day that Parker's family buried him.
"I'm mad, I'm mad," said Parker's mother, Cleta Jennings. "He didn't have to shoot my baby like that."
She said that the charges against Ersland give her a sense that justice is being served.
"I'm saying, 'Thank you, Jesus. Thank you, God. I'm excited. I'm so happy this man is being charged with murder," she said.
She said that while her son may have been mixed up with the wrong crowd and knows that what he did was wrong, she knows that Antwun would never hold a gun and didn't have to die.
"You could have stopped at one shot. You lied," Antwun's sister, Brittany Baldwin said, of Ersland. "Ain't nothing in the world that can replace him. Nothing can take away the pain I feel now."
Mike Parker, Antwun's father, said he was willing to forgive Ersland, but said what he did was not right.
A judge has set Ersland's bond at $100,000.
This is absolutely terrible. This painfully reminds me of both the robbery scene in Nate Dogg's "One More Day" video (1:33 mark) and of a story I posted last year about Joe Horn, the "neighbor" who sniped two people who broke into his next door neighbor's house.
Old white men kill me (not literally, I hope) when they do shit like this and claim "self-defense." One thing I've learned about (some of) them is that they love to make examples out of young black men weather it be Antwun Parker or Mike Vick. Which is why I tell the wayward and straight-laced kids that I speak to every once in a while to not even bother to give "the man" a reason or opportunity to even do anything to you. They are just itching at the chance to take one of you out and let the "justice" system sort it out later.
How do ya'll feel about this? Granted, young Antwun made a mistake, but he didn't have to die for it. If Ersland was out to make an example, sadly, I hope it resonates in the minds of other kids thinking about doing the same thing.