DEKALB | Security guards shot, killed unarmed teen

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Video: Ervin Jefferson's father speaks out

Ervin Jefferson, 18

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Police have charged two security guards in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old Ervin Jefferson, but it is not for murder.

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In a press conference Monday afternoon, DeKalb County Public Safety Director William Miller detailed a series of initially unrelated events that detectives have now pieced together.

Miller said two private security guards from Shepperson Security -- Curtis Scott and Gary Jackson -- were working for The Village at Wesley Chapel Apartments off Pleasantwood Drive.

They were checking out a parked car near Jefferson's home not far from the complex and they questioned four females inside.

"The security officers told the young women they were police officers and asked to see identification," said Miller.

Jefferson's family said those young women were intent on beating up Jefferson's sister.  Detectives now believe that is, in fact, why the girls were parked by the house.

As Scott and Jackson were questioning them, they told police someone began firing shots in the area.  At that point police say Ervin Johnson drove up in another car and ran toward them "aggressively, possibly threatening to kill them."

Two 911 calls came into dispatch around 10:29 p.m. reporting shots fired.  Miller said one call originated from inside Jefferson's home. The security officers made the other call and admitted to shooting Jefferson.

According to police, the autopsy showed one shot to Jefferson's torso. 

As for claims from family and friends that the security guards ran over him with their car, Miller said there's no evidence of that.

"The cars never moved.  We think Ervin Jefferson was trying to avoid getting shot again and crawled up underneath one of the cars," said Miller.

It turns out the person firing the shots from the house was Jefferson's stepfather, Bobby Hubbard, Jr.  He's a convicted felon now facing charges for posssession of a firearm.

Family and friends of Ervin Jefferson, who himself was already the father of a baby girl, said Ervin was trying to protect his family late Saturday night.

"He was unarmed," said Ervin's mother, Candy Grimes.

Jefferson's uncle Dana Davis said the teen thought the cars near the home were all girls who have been fighting with his sister and they were going to harm her. 

"That's why he ran up to them, to tell them to leave his sister alone.  They didn't have to shoot him.  He didn't weigh more than 125 lbs. soaking wet," said Davis.

11Alive's Duffie Dixon asked police Monday if they planned to charge Curtis Scott with murder.  They would only say they are still investigating.

11Alive News called Shepperson Security to find out how long Scott and Jackson have been employed and whether they are trained and licensed to carry firearms on the job.  No one returned our calls.

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