Son shoots man attacking
Father said stranger was strangling him
By Veronica Chapin
Times-Union staff writer
Saturday, November 25, 2000
Story last updated at 1:26 a.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2000
Originally published at http://jacksonville.com.
Making an unexpected visit to his father's
house in North Jacksonville Friday morning, Dwayne McDowell Smith arrived to
find him being choked and fatally shot the attacker, police said.
No charges had been filed late Friday.
The father, James McDowell Smith, 66, said he
had been approached three times that morning by an unidentified young man before
he was attacked from behind at his home at 4149 Lockhart Drive.
Smith said he was doing yard work when the
stranger first approached and said he was from Atlanta and was trying to find a
store that sold pancake syrup. After getting directions and leaving, the man
came back for more information and returned again about 10:30 a.m. asking for
change for $20.
After Smith said he didn't have it, the young
man followed him to the back yard and grabbed him from behind in a choke hold,
Dwayne Smith, 31, was stopping by to visit his
father and saw him struggling with the man, who police said was about 18.
"He grabbed me with a choke hold and we
scuffled for about three minutes when my son came up and I said, 'Shoot him,
Dwayne,' and he did," James Smith said.
The son got a gun from his car and fired
several shots at the man, striking him once in the shoulder, homicide Sgt. Rick
The man climbed the backyard fence and died in
a neighbor's yard. The father and son were taken to the Sheriff's Office for
Police said the investigation into the shooting
The father said he couldn't break free from the
man and was losing his breath. He said he thinks the man would have killed him.
"He was looking for trouble, and he got
it," James Smith said.
The father said he is sore and has scratches
and broken eyeglasses but is grateful to be alive.
"The Lord must have sent him [Dwayne]
around here this morning," James Smith said of the unexpected morning
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