KANSAS CITY MAN CLAIMS FATAL SHOOTING OF MOM, SON WAS IN SELF-DEFENSE. PROSECUTORS SAY IT WAS MURDER.

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Source: Jackson County jail; MEGA

Feb. 23 2021, Updated 10:16 p.m. ET

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A Kansas City man who said he fatally shot his girlfriend and her son in self-defense now faces a murder charge, according to an arrest report. 

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Prosecutors announced they charged Dmarius M. Bozeman, 32, with second-degree murder and armed criminal action charges. He is accused of shooting Khasheme Strother, 35, and her son Raymon Hill, 19, on Friday.

Last week, police went to a Kansas City home for the reported shooting and found Strother and Hill dead, according to court records. 

Bozeman claimed in a 911 call that the shooting was in self-defense, prosecutors say. 

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Several children were home during the shooting and said they saw Bozeman on top of Strother during a fight, according to court records. There had been previous domestic violence incidents between the two. 

The children said Bozeman said he would "fight" them and "threatened to kill them." 

Some of the children went to an upstairs area where they heard several gunshots. When they heard the shots, some ran out of the house, according to court records. Strother was shot near the banister of a bedroom and some of the children moved towards the front door. 

Hill had a gun and went into the living room, according to court records. A child said they heard shooting inside the home and when they went back inside, they saw Hill lying on the floor of the living room. 

The child took Hill's gun outside and dropped it on the ground, according to court records. 

The children then ran to a nearby house and called 911. 

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Bozeman was injured in the shooting and taken to the hospital. He said he was in a fight with Strother where she shoved him and scratched his face, court records indicate. He tried to restrain her, but was unsuccessful. 

Bozeman also said the witness also hit him during the fight. 

The suspect got his gun and fired what he believed were two warning shots. Bozeman claimed he then went into a room where Hill and another child were hiding. There, Bozeman was hit with a mirror.

When Bozeman left the room, he saw Strother on the ground and she had a "hole in her chest," according to court records. 

Bozeman said he told Hill to call the police and then saw him leave the home, court records state. Hill then returned and started shooting, which Bozeman returned fire. 

If convicted, Bozeman faces up to 45 years in prison. 

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