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Suspect in gas station shooting claims teens had a shotgun

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Updated: 12/12/2013 11:08 am
SATELLITE BEACH, Fla. -- Michael Dunn, 45, was moved Tuesday from the Brevard County Jail back to Jacksonville, where he will face charges of shooting Jordan Davis, 17, to death. 

The two came face to face Friday night at the Gate Station on Southside Boulevard and Baymeadows Road. Police say an argument over loud music ended with Dunn firing several shots into an SUV carrying Davis and three of his friends.

Now, for the first time, we're hearing Dunn's side of the story, from his attorney Robin Lemonidis. She said, "They were blasting some rap music. And he said he rolled down his window, pulled up on the passenger side, and rolled down his window and asked, would you mind turning that down? And said it very politely."

The attorney says the teenager in the front seat turned down the radio. But then she says her client heard the teens cussing at him, making threats. She says Dunn rolled down his window and said, "He said excuse me, are you talking to me?"

At that point, she says one of the teenagers told Dunn he was dead. "And that's when the guy in the back seat raised the barrel of a shotgun over the rim of the window," said Lemonidis. "At that point, he just snapped into self protection mode."

Dunn's attorney claims that's when her client reached for a gun he had in the glove compartment of his car, loaded it, and fired. "Firing at the car, because they're showing him a gun, and he can't see their hands," she said. "And he doesn't know. They're about to blast him in the face with a shotgun, as far as he knows."

She says Dunn then drove away, not realizing he had hit anyone. The next morning, she said Dunn heard on the news someone was dead. He drove to his home in Satellite Beach, and turned himself in. "He did what any responsible firearms owner would do," said Lemonidis.

JSO says no drugs and no guns were found in the teens' SUV.

Action News asked Lemonidis why Dunn didn't call police. She said her client was more comfortable turning himself in at a familiar place.

She also said her client was legally carrying the weapon. He had a concealed weapons permit. And she said Dunn knows guns. He had been around them his whole life. He was in the military, and frequently practices at a local firing range.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The suspect in the shooting of a teenager at a local gas station told his lawyer he saw a gun in the SUV before opening fire.

Michael Dunn is now at the Duval County Jail after being extradited from Brevard County this afternoon.

Dunn, 45, is accused of shooting into a SUV at a gas station on Baymeadows Road last Friday night after a confrontation, killing 17-year-old Jordan Davis.

The suspect told police he felt threatened.

"Mr. Dunn acted responsibly and, as any responsible firearms owner, would have acted under these same circumstances," said Robin Lemonidis, Dunn's attorney.

Action News has learned Dunn told police and his attorney that the teens in the SUV had a gun. But the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office says investigators did not find a gun, or drugs, in the SUV.

Dunn is being charged with murder and attempted murder.
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easyonthe2 - 2/9/2014 8:37 AM
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Listen, those black young men in the vechile literally have criminal charges. They made an effort to drive the distance of a football field then return to the scene. why...WHY would they do that?...DUH...because they had to dump their drugs and weapons at an undisclosed location. There is no way a truck full of teens with loud music way above legal limits did not have any drugs and weapons to back up the walk they talked. Dunn must be accquited, this is totally a stand your ground, perfect example of when you can fire your gun. You want to threaten someone's else life is a freedom, but so is the freedom to defend that threat.

sinking - 7/15/2013 3:38 PM
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@TheTruth Dunn himself said he asked them to turn the music down,which was the only reason he even said anything to them in the first place. And what he did was wrong as hell--his own girlfriend said that he never mentioned a shot gun right after the incident. The fact that he left the scene is questionable---and I'm sorry,but a responsible gun owner dosen't go around blasting 9 rounds at total strangers just because he's a little drunk and pissed off about some loud music. Sorry, but this is JUST like the Martin case---white dude shoot unarmed black teen, flees the scene,tries to get off claiming self-defense under the SYG law well after the fact---the guy's full of ****,I don't but his story at all. What he did was stupid as hell, because he could have shot anybody else walking out of the damn store! Thank goodness he was caught, and is going to be tried. Sounds like he's just an old redneck punk who got mad because some young black teens told him off. I've heard teens and adults blast music loud as hell in cars, vans and motorcycles, and I hate that ****, but is it worth shooting somebody over? Hell,naw! And, just like GZ, everybody's quick to side with the shooter simply because he's white has a gun--I'm not even surprised.

TheTruth - 4/17/2013 11:55 AM
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Mike Dunn did not fire his sidearm to stop loud music. That is not true and stupid to suggest. He fired it to save his own life from 4 Black men in a SUV with dark windows screaming at him repeatedly at Dunn's closed window while he waited for his wife to return to the car . -"You a dead Bi-ch"! Ima' Kill dat Mutha--ka" as he reached for a shotgun and opened the door to get out and blast Dunn in the face, that is why he fired,,, to prevent his own murder. These men were enraged and started to get angrier and angrier at Dunn because here is a little fat pudgy white sissy that had the nerve to politely ask them if they could turn down the music, they were blasting at full volume one foot from his ears, they did at first, he kindly thanked them and closed his window siting quietly minding his own business, then these four men feeling disrespected got infuriated and started to threaten Dunn with DEATH.If you threaten to kill a person in a rage of anger your victim will believe you, and Must fire first to survive just like the police will. Do not threaten folks with DEATH is the lesson here.

2tala - 12/9/2012 8:11 AM
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Do I believe that those kids had a weapon on them, I would not doubt that at all!! I was a witness to a stabbing in the past, do you know that the party that was with the guy that did the stabbing, one of his "HOMEBOYS" took the knife took off running & threw it, never to be found...Everyone wants to HOLLER it was just a kid, even KIDS KILL unfortunately this group of kids faced a situation that HOPEFULLY will teach them respect & you can not go around threaten people, if this didn't teach them, MARK MY WORD,In the FUTURE those same kids will have run ins with the LAW because they are seeming to get away for their wrongdoing!! THAT MAN DID NOT SHOOT THAT KID FOR NOTHING!!

grannyT - 11/28/2012 1:23 AM
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My father & I are gun collectors, I DON'T CARE IF THIS GUY IS OR NOT but like many of the other comments ( that I agree with!). This individual chose to unload 8 to 9 rounds at young teens, WHICH is the ABSOLUTE last option! OVER LOUD MUSIC! Get your gas and leave!! Shooting that many rounds is WAY MORE than eliminating a "threat" as HE called it. THEN-(never calling 911/help) HE FLEES the scene of A SHOOTING!! And HE was the ONLY shooter! Where are the Security Tapes? No weapons found on any of the teens or in the vehicle? As a responsible gun owner- Gun Collector & Licensed to carry, YOU KNOW THE LAW & THE RESPONSIBILITIES of carrying a DEADLY Weapon! I HOPE THIS "IRRESPONSIBLE" Gun Owner is thoroughly investigated! It sounds like there may be some anger issues, bad temper, something! You just do not come from a a happy occasion weekend & then start shooting at what you "think" is a DEADLY threat??!! WITHOUT CALLING FOR HELP FIRST!!! Any record of any 911 calls before the shooting? Well, I could go on but I'm just a medically retired mom & grandmother as well, like I said earlier, a gun owner. But this story, there is so much else to it. It just really "burns" me that this guy is involved in a shooting,LEAVES the scene and has no clear explanation nor his attorney for his actions! I can't wait to hear Him explain his action! WAY TOO MANY QUESTIONS!!!!! Thank You Mrs.T

Gunny48 - 11/27/2012 8:13 PM
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Treyvon Martin has absolutely nothing to do with this. This is a totally different scenario.

Gunny48 - 11/27/2012 8:07 PM
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Wasn't there but I absolutely do not buy this baloney.

msbmia862 - 11/27/2012 6:13 PM
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Okay here we go again, o'course he going to say HE FELT THREATEN....a white man killing an unarmed black teenager....this is just Treyvon Martin all over again.

speedbump - 11/27/2012 6:11 PM
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Hah, and I was about to say I was shocked to see a lack of hate crime accusations. That's definitely one thing Jacksonville seems to be good at.

Angelab - 11/27/2012 5:19 PM
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This was a hate crime. The story from the attorney makes no sense.
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