published Thursday, April 7th, 2011

‘Argument’ led to slaying

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    Eric Collins delivers Budweiser products Wednesday morning at the Okie Dokie food market at 1300 Roanoke Ave. The store was the scene of a shooting death Tuesday when a man was shot in the chest and killed at close range shortly before 9 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of the East Chattanooga business. Staff Photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Several friends of a man shot point-blank in the chest Tuesday night say the killing was the deadly end to an ongoing argument.

They also say police repeatedly punched a witness and twice sprayed chemicals in his face.

The dead man — identified by police as 22-year-old Cordarrius Jeronell Armour — was shot about 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Okie Dokie Market at 1900 Roanoke Ave. Police said Armour died from his wounds at the store.

Police have not released the name of a suspect or other information about the incident.

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Chattanooga police spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Royval said she didn’t know anything about the treatment of the witness.

On Wednesday morning, more than 15 community residents gathered at the store and in a nearby neighborhood said Armour’s death was not gang-related and described him as a quiet man who usually kept to himself.

“He didn’t even come out of the house,” said Tee Lee, whose daughter is Armour’s goddaughter. “I just wish he’d gone [died] a different way.”

Lee and friend Ashley Moore said they know who the shooter is and called him by name. Lee said the shooter was gunning specifically for Armour, and pushed a man and a little girl out of the way to get to him.

Friend Terry Base said Armour was a hard worker but had a history of confrontations with the shooter.

“He was a good guy, he just made bad choices,” he said. “Everybody has their devils in the closet.”

Armour had a history with Chattanooga law enforcement. Since 2006, he’s faced three assault charges, all of which were dismissed, and a possession of cocaine for resale charge, which also was dismissed, records show.

Base said he headed to the store Tuesday night when he heard about the shooting and, once there, saw several officers punch and slam a witness into a police car as they tried to detain him.

Base and five other young men at the convenience store Wednesday morning said they saw five or six officers slam one of Armour’s friends — who appeared to be in shock and covered in Armour’s blood, they said — against a police car several times, punch him in the face multiple times, then spray a chemical in his face twice.

Resident Chris Hudgins, who said he witnessed the incident, said the witness tried to walk away when police asked him to get in a police car. He said the witness kept his eyes closed and hands to his side and didn’t resist police until they tried to handcuff him.

“The police were beating the hell out of him,” Hudgins said. “They were just slamming him up against the car. They treated that guy wrong last night.”

Hudgins, Base and other witnesses said an ambulance was called and the witness was taken to the hospital. His condition is unknown.

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LibDem said...

I'm going to go way out on a limb and suggest that the 'witnesses' may have a vested interest in trashing the police.

April 7, 2011 at 1:41 p.m.
nikwhit3 said...

I know the police has a right to be upset after one of their own got killed,but taking it out on witnesses before you can every question them properly is just not right.Beating a witness is not going to bring Chapin back nor rid the city of violence.Just because you are accusing someone of something doesnt mean you have the right to beat then down cause your upset.An innnocent man will get justice and you will have a law suit coming your way.

April 7, 2011 at 3:05 p.m.
eyesWIDEopen said...

I'm in agreement with you nitwhit3. Not only that. If the cops beat this witness because of their emotions over Sgt. Chapin's death, then they have no place in the profession of law enforcement. Not only that, they've dishonored the life and death of a fellow officer through their deplorable acts. They lend credit to what others have been saying all along about law enforcement in this country. That is, they behave worse than the criminals.

April 7, 2011 at 3:34 p.m.
LibDem said...

Once again, the good citizens step up to bash the police and support their heroic gunslingers.

April 7, 2011 at 3:45 p.m.
Leaf said...

Nobody on an internet forum is fit to judge an incident they were not witnesses to based on a very short story.

April 7, 2011 at 4:38 p.m.
chet123 said...

i said this 4 days ago GLAD ROBBER WAS NOT A BLACK MAN.....JUST LISTEN TO YOU.....CPD....CAN BE JUST AS BIG OF A THUG AS THE PEOPLE THEY ARE ARRESTING....but they are never so out of control to treat their own race as they do poor black community....and i say poor black community..better go to another profession...that thug who shot the sgt...should have never been walking around buying guns...doing what ever he wanted to do....bias system...

April 7, 2011 at 5:23 p.m.
chet123 said...

I said it...and i stand by it..GLAD THE ROBBER WAS NOT A BLACK MAN...IT WOULD BE OPEN SEASON ON BLACK MALE.....with the blessing of good white folks and the so call christian(only by name) white church. Let CPD take out there hate on White Boys...like the one who kill sgt .....noooooooooooooo...you wont do that...because they see their own brother and sons in that thugs they set free(he had 2previous arm robbery....ONLY IN AMERICA!!!

April 7, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
chet123 said...

SEE THE RABBITS ARE RUNNING SCARED AGAIN

April 7, 2011 at 5:32 p.m.
nikwhit3 said...

No you cant judge based on a short story cause we dont know if it was self defense or he was refusing to be questioned by the police.and due to circumstances him having blood on him gave police probable cause to furthur innterogate him. Thats what due process is for.Iam not for gunslingers, all im saying is beating up the witness or other is not gone rid violence or make it the situation better.Their is a code of conduct you have to maintain and if that person is guilty he will be punished.But I sure its hard for an officer of the law to uphold that in a heated situation but we all have to put personal differences aside when we are in the professional feild.But heck after this we probably will never know the true story.Its gone be in the judges hands to decide.

April 7, 2011 at 5:44 p.m.
chioK_V said...

@nikwhit3 said... I know the police has a right to be upset after one of their own got killed,but taking it out on witnesses


Officers like this are like military persons who blame the stresses of war when they turn to thrill killings and other crimes. Any honorable career soldier, sailor, Marine or Airman who has gone to war, some more than once, will tell you these type individuals had that darker demon side in them all alone. For the normal individual such a tragedy as Officer Chapin would bring out the compassion, and not the abuse,in an individual. Neither this recent tragedy that struck Chattanooga nor the stresses of war bring out the demons in an individuals. Those demons were lurking in the shadows all along.

April 7, 2011 at 5:46 p.m.
chioK_V said...

LibDem said... Once again, the good citizens step up to bash the police and support their heroic gunslingers


It's my understanding the story described the individual as a witness. Where did it mention he's a gunslinger? Maybe the rest of us missed something?

April 7, 2011 at 5:48 p.m.
chioK_V said...

nikwhit3 said... No you cant judge based on a short story cause we dont know if it was self defense or he was refusing to be questioned by the police.and due to circumstances him having blood on him gave police probable cause to furthur innterogate him


"Further interrogate him?" When did cops start to "interrogate" witnesses in a public sitting? Interrogate should not lead to a gang-banging beatdown by cops. This is America. It AIN'T Abu Ghraib.

April 7, 2011 at 5:52 p.m.
nikwhit3 said...

Thats whats wrong with people today...assuming things before they know the facts.

April 7, 2011 at 5:55 p.m.
nikwhit3 said...

It was just an opinion that he was probably trying to put him in the car to go downtown to be further questioned due to him having blood on him and the witness didnt want to go and probably went ham on the officer and the officer went ham back.Like I said it is a shor story with very few details so all were doing now is what....assuming what happened.

April 7, 2011 at 6:07 p.m.
chioK_V said...

nikwhit3 said... It was just an opinion that he was probably trying to put him in the car to go downtown to be further questioned due to him having blood on him and the witness didnt want to go and probably went ham on the officer and the officer went ham back.Like I said it is a shor story with very few details so all were doing now is what....assuming what happened


That's not how witnesses, several for that matter, described the unfolding of events. They described the witness as being in shock. With his eyes closed and hands at his side. Not that many of these cops are hired for their brains rather than brawn, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to tell the difference between someone being in shock and disbelief verses being non-compliant.

April 7, 2011 at 6:27 p.m.
sangaree said...

When I use to read about a citizen charged with assaulting a member of law enforcement, I'd ask myself, "How could someone possibly assault such an honorable individual?" To me such members of a profession were up there with the gods in my book. Now, I find myself asking, "Did the cop do something to provoke the individual?" "Was the individual acting in self-defense?"

As the profession has come to more and more perform as an invading occupying force, it's become more and more difficult to make a distinction between cops and crooks.

April 7, 2011 at 6:31 p.m.
nikwhit3 said...

And even a person being in shock at that point hes liable to do anything...harm a person..harm himself....due to his friend getting killed.But there should have been a better way to calm the person down before just taking him down.Coming onto a scene and not knowing all the details CPD dont know if he is just a witness..suspect..or victim and react on instinct.At that point they dont care if you are in shock they just care about detaining this person that has blood all over him and is tense and shaky right now.what i want to know then what was his initial reason for wanting to detain this witness?

April 7, 2011 at 7:27 p.m.
chet123 said...

in chattanooga..after a police is harm or assalted...theres always a blow-back....usually they take it out on the black community....that why i said what i said 5days ago...i made a lot of people mad but it is true

April 7, 2011 at 7:42 p.m.
eyesWIDEopen said...

topcat said... @sangaree aka 1980, get a job you dont get paid to talk about blacks all day, get a bull horn and go to these neighborhood that you run your mouth about and speak your peace, what wrong scared lil guy


I just read sangaree's post. I don't see where in the post this individual is talking about blacks. I took it the individual was referring to bad cops? Maybe you're too angry about something to fully comprehend?

April 7, 2011 at 8:50 p.m.
chet123 said...

let him act a fool...i can now tell in his conversation he's the same crackpot...all his conversations arevery weak...let that fool be....

April 7, 2011 at 10:49 p.m.
osama said...

This man is a Idiot, anybody that post all day about people of color are not very unhappy with themselfs, i would bet all my moneys that he,s a EXTREMIST and has motivates in other areas such as terrorism , the guy he live with that he wrote about is a lil strange too? the have LAUREN AND HARDY on their mailbox????

April 8, 2011 at 8:09 a.m.
asha said...

I cant beleive doa is sleep wow check back later

April 8, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.
mobile1 said...

WHERE, THE 1 MAN COMPUTER GANG? DOA

April 8, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.
sangaree said...

@topcat said... @sangaree aka 1980, get a job you dont get paid to talk about blacks all day


  1. I am NOT aka 1980, whomever that individual is and whatever beef you have with him or her.

  2. Where have I specifically said anything about black people? I was referring to cops behaving more like crooks than a professional and honorable force. dah! Keep a dictionary nearby to help if you don't understand the meaning of certain words. Better yet, try a little learning comprehension before shooting off at the mouth.

  3. You claim or imply that you're a black man? For a black man__you're a disgrace to your own history and those who fought so hard before you for freedoms and rights. Yet, here you are on this board threatening to have anyone you remotely disagree with banned? Then proceed to encourage your followers to help you get individuals banned? You're a sad individual, top. Really REALLY sad and a disgrace to yours or any race!

And finally, not that it's any of your business, but I have a "job." In fact, I own my own business. You're sounding more like those "racist" white folks you're always calling out. You know the ones to mention the lack of a job and work ethics, or black being on some government payroll when referring to your people.

April 8, 2011 at 10:59 a.m.
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