Earlier this week, Curtis E. Shelley, a 27-year-old from Killeen, Texas, was shot dead by his neighbor after the two of them got into a heated argument. Although the shooter’s name has not yet been released, he appears to be related to someone in the local police department. Shockingly, the entire incident was caught on camera.
At the start of the video, which was filmed by a concerned neighbor, Shelley, who is wearing a white shirt, can be seen shouting aggressively at his neighbor in the middle of a residential street. As the video continues, Shelley appears to try several times to close the distance between the two of them. Each time, however, his neighbor, who’s wearing a lime-green vest and appears to have a shotgun pointed at Shelley, manages to maintain the distance by backing away.
Towards the end of the video, Shelley pulls up his pants and appears to get ready to charge. At that moment, the unidentified neighbor can be seen shooting him in the chest. Startled, the person filming then ducks for cover and stops recording.
According to reports, once Shelley was shot, police officers were called to the scene. Upon arriving, they did their best to try and keep him alive until the paramedics showed up.
Once paramedics arrived, Shelley was taken to the hospital and his shooter was arrested. But shortly after being taken into custody, the shooter was released without any charges filed. As of now, it is currently unclear whether or not he will be charged in the future.
Following the fatal shooting, the Killeen Police Department released a statement providing reporters with additional information. “On Sunday, November 12, 2017, at approximately 2:10 p.m. Killeen Police were dispatched to the 1000 block of Cedar Drive in reference to a 911 call about a shooting victim,” began the officers in their statement.
“Upon the officers’ arrival, they found a male lying in the roadway suffering from a gunshot wound. Officers immediately started to perform life-saving measures until paramedics arrived,” they added.
“The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim and suspect were involved in an ongoing dispute. At the time of the incident, the two began a verbal altercation when at some point one of the subjects’ discharged a firearm at the victim,” they continued, noting, “the victim, 27-year-old Curtis E. Shelley of Killeen, succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by Justice of the Peace Claudia Brown at 4:52 PM. An autopsy has been ordered to be performed at the Southwestern Institute of Forensics Sciences in Dallas.”
In an update, the KPD mentioned that they had to hand the case over to the Texas Rangers because the shooter is reportedly related to someone in the police department. Specifically, they stated, “all subjects in this incident have been identified. It was discovered during the course of the investigation that one of the parties involved is related to a Killeen Police Department employee, and therefore in the interests of transparency the Police Department has invited the Texas Rangers to review and assist in the progress of this investigation.”
Although the investigation is still ongoing, some legal experts believe that, based on the video, the shooting will be difficult to justify. For example, while speaking with reporters, Liz Mitchell, a legal expert with Channel 6, stated, “I would say a self-defense claim would be very difficult in this case.
To clarify, she added, “in this case, it is kind of like that old saying you can not bring a gun to a fistfight. The person in the white t-shirt does not have a weapon or anything that would justify deadly force in this case.”