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CrimeGreenville police don't believe shooting suspect claim of self-defense

00:55  06 july  2019
00:55  06 july  2019 Source:   greenvilleonline.com

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Greenville police have arrested 29-year-old Nicholas Jamar Dillard and charged him with murder in the fatal shooting of Jerel Antonio Mansel July 3 at Forest View Apartments. But Rampey said police don ' t believe the shooting was self - defense based on physical evidence and witness statements.

Greenville police don't believe shooting suspect claim of self-defense© Greenville Police Nicholas Jamar Dillard

Greenville police have arrested 29-year-old Nicholas Jamar Dillard and charged him with murder in the fatal shooting of Jerel Antonio Mansel July 3 at Forest View Apartments.

Mansel, also 29, was found lying in the parking lot of the apartment complex in the Nicholtown community when police arrived after receiving reports of gunshots and a person being wounded, according to a press release from the Greenville Police Department.

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Police arrested Dillard early Friday morning. He is charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to warrants.

He was denied bond at an arraignment Friday and is in custody at the Greenville Detention Center, police said.

Greenville police don't believe shooting suspect claim of self-defense© Haley Walters/Staff Greenville Police Lt. Jason Rampey speaks at a press conference after an arrest was made in the shooting dearh of Jerel Antonio Mansel on Wednesday, July 3

Near the scene of the shooting Wednesday night police found a vehicle that was unlocked and running. Officers looked up the vehicle's registration information and learned that the owner lived a few blocks away from the crime scene, Greenville Police Lt. Jason Rampey said.

"With this information, officers visited the home several times, but the man was not located," Rampey said. "Over the next several hours, investigators spoke with the man's family, asking and encouraging him to come forward and speak with investigators."

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Dillard contacted police early Friday morning and asked to talk to detectives, Rampey said.

"When detectives arrived at the man's home to speak with him, he was cordial and collected, even surrendering what we believe to be the gun used in Jerel's death," Rampey said. "After a few minutes of conversation, the man stated the shooting was in defense of his own life."

But Rampey said police don't believe the shooting was self-defense based on physical evidence and witness statements.

Police said Mansel and Dillard knew each other before the shooting.

"Detectives also learned that the shooting appeared to be an escalation of a conflict between them, resulting in both men discharging firearms multiple times at the other," a press release from police stated.

Several nearby apartment homes and vehicles were damaged during the shooting, police said. No other injuries were reported to police.

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This is the second homicide reported this year in the city of Greenville.

On May 11, 18-year-old Udeh Joshua Osuagwu Jr. was shot and killed during an attempted robbery at the Waterside Greene Apartment Homes on Woodruff Road. Police arrested four people in connection with that case in June.

Rampey said in both cases information from witnesses gave police important information that helped the investigations.

"We have ways of communicating with Crime Stoppers or investigators where people can remain anonymous and provide that information," Rampey said.

Haley Walters covers crime and breaking news. Email her at hwalters@gannett.com and follow her on Twitter @_haleywalters

This article originally appeared on The Greenville News: Greenville police don't believe shooting suspect claim of self-defense

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