A barbershop owner in Illinois is claiming self-defense after he was accused of fatally shooting a customer who refused to pay for his haircut.
Deshon Mcadory, 40, was working at his business, Studio 914, in the Chicago suburb Maywood around 4 p.m. May 27 and got into an argument with his client, 31-year-old Christian McDougald.
According to Cook County prosecutors, the fight over the unpaid bill spilled outside and ended when Mcadory pulled out a gun and shot McDougald in the chest, killing him.
Mcadory’s attorney, Anthony Burch, said his client — who has a concealed carry permit — was “retreating” into his business when he shot Mcadory, the “aggressor,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
The victim was pronounced dead at Loyola University Medical Center.
Investigators pulled surveillance video of the incident and allegedly found what is believed to be the murder weapon in Mcadory’s coat and, in his car, ammunition tied to a shell casing left at the scene, according to the newspaper.
Maywood police charged Mcadory with first-degree murder, and hisbail was set at $250,000.
Mcadory’s business partner, Samuel Williams, 43, was also cuffed and charged with with unlawful use of a weapon by a felon when authorities allegedly discovered four guns in his workstation. He has four previous felony convictions, according to the Sun-Times.
Williams was being held on $25,000 bail.