Prosecutor: Cinco de Mayo shooter acted in self-defense, won’t be charged

DeJesus and his 2-year-old moments before he died.
DeJesus and his 2-year-old moments before he died.

The 24-year-old man who shot and killed a teenager at the Cinco de Mayo Parade in Detroit last month won’t be charged because he was acting in self-defense, the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office announced today.

“It has been determined that the person in question acted in lawful self-defense of another person because at the time he acted he reasonably believed that another person was in danger of imminent death or serious bodily harm,” said Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the Prosecutor’s Office.

Before the shooting, 19-year-old Andreas DeJesus was fighting with members of the gunman’s family at the parade. The shooter also had a license to carry a concealed pistol.

The 24-year-old man, who has not been identified, pulled out his gun and shot DeJesus once in the chest, killing him in the middle of a large crowd.

Police originally arrested the shooter but was forced to release him soon after because the Prosecutor’s Office said there wasn’t enough evidence to file charges.

Police said DeJesus, who had a 2-year-old boy and was expecting another child, was affiliated with the Latin Counts street gang but started his own movement – ASAP – that was supposed to promote positivity.
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On the day before the shooting, DeJesus posted on Facebook that his friends were afraid he soon was going to be shot.

“I gotta sit my my ass down….after cinco de mayo lol.”

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.