published Saturday, November 7th, 2009

Drug deal, robbery lead to homicide


by Jacqueline Koch

At a local park where children were playing on a nearby playground, an attempted robbery during a drug deal turned fatal Thursday night, resulting in the city's 16th homicide of the year.

Antonio Green, 28, was fatally shot in the chest after he and another man attempted to rob two young men engaging in a drug transaction, said Lt. Tim Carroll, head of the Chattanooga Police Department's major crimes division.

"When people decide to enter into the drug transactions, there's two things that usually end up getting taken -- the drugs and the money," Lt. Carroll said. "Unfortunately, sometimes a life is taken, too."

Police said Edward Jackson III, 18, and Darryl Williams Jr., 22, were at a playground at 1000 Queens Drive in East Chattanooga about 5 p.m. allegedly involved in a drug transaction.

Mr. Green, 28, and Artie Watson, 29, approached the men and tried to rob them, at which time a physical altercation ensued, Lt. Carroll said.

Mr. Jackson allegedly pulled out a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun and began shooting, Lt. Carroll said. Mr. Green suffered a gunshot wound to his upper right chest, while Mr. Watson was shot in the lower left leg and left hand, the lieutenant said.

Two people playing basketball near the playground heard the gunshots and dove to the ground while telling children on the playground to leave, Lt. Carroll said.

One of the players helped load an unconscious Mr. Green into a vehicle to take him to Erlanger hospital, where he later died, Lt. Carroll said.

No money or drugs were taken during the attempted robbery, police said.

A few minutes later, police were called to 2112 Delano St. on a report of another shooting, spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Royval said. They found Mr. Jackson bleeding from the head, an injury suffered during the altercation, but determined he had not been shot, she said.

Mr. Jackson was charged with criminal homicide, police said, while Mr. Watson was charged with attempted aggravated robbery after he was released from Erlanger.

Mr. Jackson and Mr. Watson are scheduled to appear Nov. 13 in Hamilton County General Sessions Court.

The homicide is the city's 16th this year. By the first week of November 2008, police had worked 19 homicides, records show.

Mr. Green's family members could not be reached for comment Friday.

2009 HOMICIDES

* Franklin Bonner, Jan. 16

* Cornelius Williams, Feb. 6

* Allen Verdule, Feb. 12

* Eric Stiles, Feb. 21

* Jonah Garner, Feb. 27

* Andre Minor, March 24

* Robert Henry Brown IV, March 29

* Ray Diaz, April 11

* Matt Coyle, April 16

* Richard Irvin, May 6

* Alonzo O'Kelley Jr., July 1*

* Alonzo Heyward, July 18*

* Justin Crutcher, July 21

* Darius Latroy Teague, Aug. 23

* Johnny Ray Chadwick, Oct. 16

* Antonio Green, Nov. 5

* Denotes officer-involved shooting that is considered a homicide

Source: Chattanooga Police Department, Times Free Press archives

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