Crime

‘Why did you shoot him?’ woman screamed after gas station killing

One video shows no confrontation just before a fatal shooting at a Citgo gas station while in another a distraught woman asks her boyfriend why he shot her ex-boyfriend, according to court testimony.

A surveillance video from a neighboring Pass Road business and a bystander’s iPhone video show a different story than the one Peter Henderson told police after he called 911 on Aug. 10, Harrison County prosecuting attorney Herman Cox said.

Henderson, 30, of Theodore, Alabama, called police about 9:45 p.m. and said he’d shot a man and had been in fear for his life, Cox said. Chandler Pugh, 26, was shot four times and died.

Henderson faces a murder charge.

“Both of the videos are, well, disturbing,” Cox said.

The videos were played for the judge, though they have not been released to the public, said Cox, who described their content.

Surveillance camera showed no problems

A video from a neighboring store shows Pugh having what appeared to be an easygoing conversation at a gas pump with his ex-girlfriend, Cox said.

The woman was parked at a gas pump and was sitting in the driver’s seat and Henderson, her current boyfriend, was in the passenger seat. Pugh was parked alongside their vehicle.

The video shows Henderson get out, stand in front of the driver’s-side headlights and open fire, Cox said.

He said a Gulfport police detective, testifying Wednesday, said just before the shooting Pugh told the woman to call him after she drove Henderson back to Alabama.

iPhone recorded distraught woman

“A citizen starts recording a video on an iPhone and it shows a woman on the ground, crying and screaming, ‘Why did you shoot him? Why did you shoot him? He wasn’t hurting me,’ ” Cox said.

Henderson and the woman had gone to the Gulfport Police Department earlier to file a domestic-related complaint against Pugh, but nothing at the gas pump showed an argument or a fight, and Pugh was not armed, Cox said.

Two bullets struck Pugh’s left side, puncturing his heart, Cox said, and other bullets hit him in the back of the neck and his hip.

Police found four 9mm shell casings at the scene, and Henderson reportedly confessed.

Said he feared for his life

Henderson, held on $1 million bond, also testified Wednesday before a grand jury review was ordered.

“It’s odd that he said he was afraid of the victim,” Cox said. “The defendant is a security guard in Mobile. He is 6-foot-4 and weighs about 400 pounds plus. The deceased was 5-foot-5 and weighed about 200 pounds. And the victim didn’t even have a gun.

“He said he feared for his life so he pulled out a gun, closed his eyes and squeezed the trigger. But even his girlfriend disputes his story.”

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