Harold Dodson did not know U.S. Army Sgt. Ating Eminue, who was on his way to a nearby nightclub on Aug. 30, 2015, when he stopped near the homeless shelter at Peachtree and Pine streets and offered to help a man without shoes.
Dodson saw the Lawrenceville man’s “act of kindness and loudly stated that the shoes were a counterfeit brand,” Fulton County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Dontaye Carter said.
Dodson shot Eminue a total of four times in the chest, left arm and scrotum, Carter said. Eminue, who had survived three tours in Afghanistan, died on the scene.
A bystander was shot in the leg, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution previously reported.
Police identified Dodson as the suspect a day after the deadly shooting, but did not arrest him until Oct. 23, 2015, Carter said. They caught him hiding in his father’s kitchen cabinet.