Man fatally shoots alleged armed robber in Chattanooga

Man fatally shoots alleged armed robber in Chattanooga

March 26th, 2016 by Shelly Bradbury in Local Regional News

Steven Hurston, 19, was shot and killed on March 26, during what the shooter said was an attempted robbery.

Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press.

A 19-year-old man was shot and killed just after midnight Saturday while apparently attempting to rob another man at gunpoint. 

Steven Hurston was dead when officers arrived at 1600 Hamill Road at about 12 a.m., according to police. 

The person who shot Hurston, 30-year-old Joshua Smith, told police that Hurston tried to rob him at gunpoint. 

Smith said that he'd arranged to meet a woman online at a duplex on Hamill Road. He said he got out of his car and was walking to the duplex with the woman when Hurston came out from beside the duplex, pointed a gun at him and demanded money. 

Smith told police he refused to hand over his money and instead shot Hurston. 

Investigators are still working to confirm the details of the case, according to police. 

Hurston is the eighth person to be killed in Chattanooga so far this year. On Thursday, a 34-year-old restaurant worker was found strangled to death in the motel where she was living on 23rd Street. 

Exactly one year ago — on March 26, 2015 — a similar situation ended in the death of 32-year-old Demetrius Birt. Birt attempted to rob a car dealership on Rossville Blvd. and was fatally shot by an employee. 

Police determined that that employee acted in self-defense and ruled the homicide as justified. 

Investigators have not yet said whether Hurston's death was justified. Hurston was arrested for domestic assault in 2014 and has some minor driving violations on his criminal record in Hamilton County.