Man Claiming Self-Defense In Deadly Car Accident Dispute Charged With 2nd-Degree Murder

Aftermath of a fatal shooting near Washington, D.C. gas station.

WASHINGTON, DC — Last December, a man and woman got into an argument following a minor car crash near a gas station in Washington, D.C.

The woman’s boyfriend arrived at the scene and reportedly began punching the man involved in the accident. The man, Anthony Williams, then shot and killed the boyfriend.

Williams claims it was self-defense, but he’s been charged with second-degree murder, according to WUSA9.

“Another senseless act of violence over an accident. Someone decides to bring a gun into an argument over an accident. That’s exactly what it is. It’s an accident,” Metropolitan Police Department Commander John Branch according to WJLA.

“We have to do better. This senseless violence where people decide to bring guns to all these different things to settle disputes, we have to do better.”

WUSA9 reported that Williams was attacked by the boyfriend in question, and the assailant refused to cease his assault despite several bystanders attempting to stop him.

Williams then claimed that he retreated into his vehicle and waited for police support, but the boyfriend drug him out of his car and resumed the attack.

Video evidence reportedly contradicts the claim that Williams was pulled from his vehicle.

Williams has since been released on “high supervisory detention,” according to WJLA.

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