That’s when the gunman noticed a gun tucked in Jackson-Swinney’s pants, according to the incident report.
The shooter told police that Jackson-Swinney “appeared to be very nervous while talking to” him. “He felt as if something was wrong, so he put his gun by his side.”
At some point, Jackson-Swinney reached inside the Charger and grabbed the shooter’s gun, police said in the report. After a struggle, Jackson-Swinney was shot once in the head.
One of the passengers in the Camry fired shots at the gunman, prompting him to return fire. It is not clear if anyone in the Camry was hit because the vehicle sped off onto the I-20 East access road toward Flat Shoals Road.
The gunman got out of his vehicle, went inside the Texaco and called 911.
He was released after investigators determined he opened fire in self-defense, according to DeKalb police spokesman Sgt. J.D. Spencer.
The shooter’s name is not being released because the passengers in the Camry have not been found, “and we do not want to jeopardize his safety,” Spencer said.
In other news:
Police said a woman was killed and a 16-year-old was injured in the shooting. The suspect crashed his truck in the chase.