When asked by 11Alive’s Jon Shirek who she believed shot and killed her son, Ervin Jefferson, Candy Grimes says that he was trying to protect his family, specifically his younger sister, when he was murdered.
We heard gunshots,” Grimes said in tears. “I seen the dude in the green shirt shoot my son. I seen the guy, he had two hands, and he shot my son.”
Grimes says that after her son was shot, someone ran him over with a car:
By the time I got down there, the car was on top of my son. He was literally under the car. One of them shot him, and one of them ran over him. It’s two of y’all. He’s little. He little. Why y’all just didn’t beat him up, jump on him, why you just didn’t fight him, why you have to shoot him? I just want justice. That’s all I want, I just want justice. He was trying to protect us.”
Dekalb County police confirmed that two private security guards shot and killed Ervin Saturday night after responding to a disturbance outside of his home. They were supposed to be securing the premises of The Village at Wesley Chapel, an apartment complex near the family’s home on Pleasantwood Drive and Wesley Chapel Road.
Authorities released the following statement:
DeKalb Police responded to a Person Shot at the incident location. The responding officers located the victim suffering a gunshot wound to the torso. The victim was transported to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The on scene investigation revealed the victim was shot by security guards who were checking out a suspicious vehicle. The investigation is on-going at this time.
Any follow up related to this incident can be obtained by the PIO during normal business hours.
It is unknown at this time if the guards, who remain unnamed, have been arrested.
Ervin, 18, was the father of a baby girl.