A security guard is accused of shooting and killing a grandfather as he was out playing Pokemon Go in Chesapeake,Virginia. At a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, a judge decided there was enough evidence for prosecutors to move forward, according to NBC News.
Johnathan Cromwell, 22, has been charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm for the January killing of 60-year-old Jiansheng Chen.
Cromwell confronted Chen after Chen drove his van into the driveway of the River Walk clubhouse parking area, where Cromwell was patrolling. A Chen family attorney stated that Chen was there to play Pokemon Go. Chen was a retiree and Chinese immigrant, who spoke limited English.
Cromwell stopped his patrol vehicle in front of Chen’s, according to a statement from the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Chen backed up and turned his van around to the entrance of the driveway. That, according to the commonwealth’s attorney statement, was when Chen was shot. Cromwell got out of his car and allegedly yelled “stop” before shooting, according to police. He shot Chen four times in his upper left chest and once in his left upper arm, according to NBC News. Chen, who was unarmed, died at the scene.
An attorney for Citywide Protection Services, Cromwell’s employer, stated that Cromwell shot in self-defense, according to NBC-affiliate WAVY. He claimed that the security guard feared for his life.
A trial date has not yet been set.
[Chesapeake Sheriff's Office]