Charges filed against St. Louis man accused of killing over spilled beer

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on July 18, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Updated Thursday, Jul 18 at 4:39 PM

(KMOV.com)  -- Police said a suspect has been charged after he shot and killed a friend during an argument over a beer spill in downtown St. Louis early Thursday morning.

34-year-old Stephen Rozier Jr. is charged with second degree murder, first degree assault, two counts armed criminal action and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Authorities said four men were riding in a truck drinking alcoholic beverages near the intersection of Chestnut and 7th when the 34-year-old suspect spilled beer in the vehicle.

Police said an argument ensued and the Rozier, Jr. grabbed a gun and fired several shots at 29-year-old Mario Shackelfold, striking him multiple times in the chest. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said Rozier, Jr. attempted to flee, but another man in the vehicle chased him. Police said Rozier, Jr. then tried to shoot him but missed.

The two began fighting and the second victim grabbed Rozier's gun. A witness who was with the group took the gun from the other man and placed it in the truck until police arrived.

Rozier, Jr. was taken to the hospital and treated for a head injury sustained during the fight but was later released.

The second victim suffered lacerations but was treated at the scene.

 

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