Jackson charged in connection with playground shooting death

Jackson charged in connection with playground shooting death

November 6th, 2009 by Jacqueline Koch in Local - Breaking News

Chattanooga police charged one man in Thursday night's shooting with criminal homicide after an attempted robbery and drug deal turned fatal.

Police said Edward Jackson III and Darryl Williams Jr. were at a playground at 1000 Queens Drive about 5 p.m. allegedly engaging in a drug transaction.

Antonio Green, 28, and Artie Watson, 29, approached the men and attempted to rob them, at which time a physical altercation ensued, said Lt. Tim Carroll, head of the major crimes division.

Mr. Jackson allegedly pulled out a gun and began shooting. Mr. Green sustained a fatal gunshot wound to his upper right chest. Mr. Watson was shot in the lower left leg and left hand, Lt. Carroll said.

Two people playing basketball near the playground heard the gunshots and dove to the ground while telling children playing 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.

Mr. Jackson was charged with criminal homicide.

The homicide is the city's 16th this year.

See tomorrow's Times Free Press for complete details.