Suspect Claims Self-Defense in Deadly Shooting


UPDATED: Saturday March 29, 2014 7:44 PM

Police were investigating a deadly shooting in south Columbus.

Police said a man shot a teenager in self-defense around 2:15 a.m. Saturday in the area of east Morrill Avenue and Woodrow Avenue.

Callers reported hearing seven gunshots as they called 911 after the shooting.

Shawndell T. Bryant was rushed to Grant Medical Center in critical condition, but died a couple of hours later.

Police said a 58-year-old man who admitted to shooting the teenager stayed at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

That man also called 911 to report what he said happened.

"I got two guys just jumped me out here and I had, ah, I shot one of 'em. I might have shot both of 'em," the man reported to 911.

Officers said the initial investigation indicated that Bryant and a second man attacked the suspect in the parking lot, and the suspect shot Bryant.

The gunman is claiming self-defense. Investigators said he had injuries that supported his account.

Bryant's family said they are devastated and in disbelief.

"I don't feel like it's self defense, neither one had a gun, there's no way it was self defense if that man's life was not threatened. He should have not taken any body's life," said Angela Gravely, Bryant's sister.

Gravely said her brother attended Walnut Ridge High School. She said he was a champion boxer who hoped to join the Army and attend college someday.

Gravely said she believed her brother would never intentionally hurt anyone.

She said what hurts the most was never getting a chance to say goodbye.

"They waited until 6 a.m. to tell us he was dead," Gravely said. "He was already at the coroner's. That whole time we were sitting there waiting for answers we could have been there with him."

The third person involved ran off and police haven't found him.

No charges have been filed.

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