DECATUR, Ga. — An 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a security guard in metro Atlanta is believed to have been unarmed but was reportedly charging at the guard and his colleague and yelling threats, authorities said Monday.
Ervin Jefferson died Saturday night after he was shot by Curtis Scott, said DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish. Scott, 25, and Gary Jackson, 26, were working as security guards at an apartment complex across the street from Jefferson’s sister’s home, Parish said.
The two were investigating possible illegal activity at the complex and were returning to their car when they encountered a car full of four young women, Parish said. Scott and Jackson began questioning the women and told them they were police officers.
The women were involved in an ongoing dispute with Jefferson’s sister, Parish said. As the two guards were talking to the women, Jefferson and his sister drove up in a black SUV, Parish said.
Investigators say Jefferson got out of the SUV and ran toward the guards shouting profanities and threats, and the guards heard gunshots at the same time, Parish said. The guards took cover behind their car and Scott fired at Jefferson, while Jackson shot toward a house across the street from which the shots were fired, she said.
Investigators determined that Bobby Hubbard Jr., 35, a relative of Jefferson, was firing from the porch of the home. He faces charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and reckless conduct. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.
Scott and Jackson face charges of impersonating an officer after authorities say they falsely told the young women they were police officers, Parish said. The investigation is ongoing, Parish said.