Authorities said on Monday that a dog walker from Southern California recorded himself killing a homeless man in September following an encounter in which the guy allegedly threw a shoe at the walker.
According to a statement from Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer, 68-year-old Garden Grove resident Craig Sumner Elliott was taken into custody on Friday and later charged with felony voluntary manslaughter in connection with the alleged murder committed against Antonio Garcia Avalos, 40 years old.
Around 3 p.m. on September 28, Elliot was running on a sidewalk with his two dogs and pulling a pushcart when he encountered Avalos, sleeping on the sidewalk, blocking his path, according to the statement. Avalos allegedly yelled at Elliot to leave after he was jolted awake by the pushcart, which Elliot reportedly pushed.
Elliot reportedly reached for his hidden revolver in the pushcart before beginning to film Avalos, according to the authorities. Reportedly, Avalos got to his feet and hurled Elliot a sneaker. Elliot reportedly dove and shot three times at Avalos, who eventually died from his wounds, according to the statement.
“‘He attempted to assault me, so I shot him.'”
When the incident occurred, Elliot had a valid concealed carry permit issued by the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
After his arrest, Elliot was released after posting a $100,000 bond. Dec. 15 is the date scheduled for his arraignment, according to the statement.
Monday, prosecutors said that he is facing charges related to the deadly shooting, including voluntary manslaughter and a felony enhancement for personal weapon use.
“This is a horrible set of events that developed in the worst conceivable manner over a trivial annoyance of a blocked sidewalk, and a man is dead as a consequence,” said Todd Spitzer, the district attorney for Orange County, in a press release.
“There are repercussions for your conduct, and this case shows that breaking the law is never the solution.”