Argument over jacket prompts gunfire in Springfield, police say

Anthony Walker Jr.
Anthony Walker Jr.

A Springfield man fired a shot over another man’s head after arguing with him about a jacket, a criminal affidavit says.

Anthony Walker Jr., 21, is charged with aggravated burglary in Clark County Municipal Court. He pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $25,000.

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Springfield police began their investigation when they were called to a home on West Washington Street in reference to a shot being fired. There they spoke with a man who said he was spending time with two women and after they left a man came to the residence demanding one of the women’s jackets.

“The male was telling (the victim) to let him in so he could get his ‘girl’s jacket’,” the affidavit says. “The victim advised him there was no jacket there and he wasn’t going to let him in. At this point, the male broke the glass out the front door and forced his way inside.”

The criminal affidavit says another man in the home told Walker to leave. Walker allegedly assaulted the man, the affidavit says.

“The male then pulled a gun and hit (the man) in the back of the head,” the affidavit says.

The man continued to demand the jacket, the affidavit says, and the first victim advised he went upstairs and found a jacket that didn’t belong to anyone in the house.

“(The victim) advised he came back down the steps and threw the jacket at the male,” the affidavit says. “He then told the male to get out of his house. At this time the male pointed the gun at (the victim) and told him to ‘shut the (expletive) up’. The male then stated that he would kill the victim as he pointed the gun at him. The victim stated at this time his grandmother walked in from the other room.

The victim asked Walker to leave because his grandmother was in the room, the affidavit says.

“The male then pointed the gun at the victim’s grandmother and advised he would kill her too,” the affidavit says.

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The victim told Walker to not shoot his grandmother and Walker allegedly pointed the gun back at him.

“The male then pointed the gun back at the victim and fired one round,” The affidavit says. “The male then fled from the residence.”

Officers said they located a spent shell casing at the scene as well as a hold in the wall which appeared to be where the bullet struck.

The victim told police he was standing just below the spot where the bullet struck, according to the affidavit.

A next court date in the case had not been set.

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