Man accused of fatally shooting wheelchair-bound man in broad daylight
Updated On: Jun 20 2014 07:02:27 PM CDT
Charges have been filed against a man accused of fatally shooting a wheelchair-bound man in broad daylight at a northeast Houston apartment complex Monday.
Gerald Amos, 44, has been charged with murder. He is accused of killing 28-year-old Anthony Jamison, who is also known as “Spider.”
According to Houston police, Jamison was sitting in his wheelchair in the courtyard of the Crofton Apartments, located in the 9500 block of Crofton, when a suspect walked up around 1:45 p.m. and shot him several times in the head.
The suspect, who was wearing dark pants and a dark t-shirt, then fled the scene. Police arrived to find Jamison dead on the sidewalk.
Various witness accounts led police to identify Amos as the shooter.
One witness said the day before the shooting Amos and Jamison had some sort of altercation. Amos allegedly gave Jamison a dollar and some marijuana, then Jamison “went off on him” and damaged the front of his gray Chrysler 300. Amos told people he was a “war veteran” and his car had disabled veteran license plates on it.
Amos told the witness that he and Jamison went their separate ways, but Jamison later returned and attempted to have a group of guys fight him. The witness said although he knew of the disagreement, he did not see the actual shooting.
Two other residents said they did, however. A man and a woman told police they saw Amos walk up to and shoot Jamison, then run toward a nearby service station.
Surveillance video at the Fast and Fuel Mart #2 showed a male matching the suspect’s description running from the location of the shooting and toward the store. The male removed his black t-shirt and had a striped shirt underneath. He continued walking northbound toward a tire shop and car wash.
Another man also saw Amos run past him and into the woods immediately after the shooting. Officers established a perimeter around the wooded area and conducted a canine search. They found a black t-shirt, but did not locate the suspect at that time.
Another resident said before the shooting Amos came to his apartment - with a revolver - and asked if he knew where Jamison was. Amos allegedly told the resident that Jamison “cheated him out of money and had it coming.”
Investigators presented a five photo spread to all of the witnesses. Each one positively identified Amos.
When police questioned Amos, he denied shooting Jamison, changing clothes, going to the store or wearing a cap on that day. However, he was still wearing the same clothes seen in the video after the black shirt had been removed. According to investigators, Amos said Jamison was a leader of the Bloods gang and had been attempting to intimidate him for weeks.
Investigators obtained swabs and samples from Amos and took photographs of his clothing. Investigators felt they had enough evidence against him to proceed with filing charges.
Amos was arrested on June 19 without incident.