Report: Shooter feared for his life, was justified in killing 16-year-old at Jax Landing

Steven Dial reports. 3/2/2017

The shooting that left one teen dead and a 13-year-old injured at the Jacksonville Landing on Martin Luther King Jr. Day is justified, the State Attorney's Office says.

Eighteen-year-old Tyrik Charles Solomon will still face charges for carrying a concealed weapon, but is not expected to face charges to killing 16-year-old Khamoi Petersen and a 13-year-old in the ankle, according to a report released by the State Attorney's Office Wednesday.

Off-duty officers were working security at the Jacksonville Landing on January 18 and kept telling groups of teenagers loitering to leave. While the pair of officers was heading upstairs to tell a group they'd just told to leave to leave again, they heard shots, the report says.

Surveillance footage showed two groups of teenagers coming up on one another near the entry to the landing and a witness later told authorities the two groups were arguing with each other, the report continues.

Petersen reportedly pulled out a silver handgun and began to threaten Solomon. Fearing for his life, Solomon pulled out his handgun and the pair fired at one another. 

Solomon hit Petersen in the left eye and a stray bullet struck the 13-year-old in the ankle. None of Petersen's shots connected with Solomon, the report says.

At that point, officers began to respond, medical attention was given to the 13-year-old and Petersen and Solomon fled the scene.

Petersen was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police caught up with Solomon and took him to the homicide office for an interview. He told authorities he feared for his life and that Petersen was threatening him with a gun - so he pulled out his gun and fired, the report says.

Other testimony corroborates Solomon's story and surveillance video does not contradict Solomon's story.

The State Attorney's Office concludes in their report that Florida Statute 776.012 allows a person to use deadly force and does not have to retreat if that person believes it would prevent their imminent death. Solomon's situation falls in line with the law, the report says.

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