A man celebrating his birthday is accused of killing someone during the party, police said.
Last week, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in Florida announced the arrest of Thomas Jackson. He is accused of killing a person on Aug. 27.
Around 2:30 a.m., deputies responded to Meadow Green Drive for a reported shooting, according to the sheriff’s office. When officers arrived, they found a witness giving a victim in the front yard CPR.
The unnamed victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators said Jackson and others were celebrating his birthday and drinking alcohol. Then Jackson and his girlfriend started to argue.
The victim took Jackson outside to try and calm him down, according to the sheriff’s office. The other people reported hearing shots and saw Jackson standing over the victim.
Jackson told deputies that the victim “came at him.”
Police found a card on Jackson that told him what to do after an incident and to say they were attacked, according to the sheriff’s office. They also didn’t find any injuries on Jackson.
“Jackson had a post incident wallet card which instructed him what to tell law enforcement. If he thought he could murder someone and use this as get out of jail free card, he was sadly mistaken,” Sheriff Grady Judd said.
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