Motive in killing might be retaliation

By John W. Goodwin Jr.


Police are looking at retaliation as the motive for the city’s 18th homicide this year, which took place just as the Fourth of July holiday was coming to a close.

According to police reports, 24-year-old Brian Angel was shot and killed in the 3000 block of McGuffey Road on the East Side about 11:15 p.m. Wednesday. Police found 11 shell casings littering a nearby yard, driveway and street.

Witnesses told police Angel walked over to a large car that pulled into the driveway of a home on McGuffey, then Angel tried to run away as shots were fired. Family members inside the house said they heard the gunshots, came outside and found Angel motionless in the driveway.

Police Chief Rod Foley said the motive appears to have been retaliation based on the way Angel ran from the car after seeing its occupants.

“We are working on that theory, but we are still investigating,” Foley said.

Angel was recently charged with aggravated robbery after a late-night incident June 11 that also took place on McGuffey.

In the June incident, Angel, also known as “B Head,” reportedly flagged down a car in the parking lot of the Dollar General store at McGuffey and Jacobs roads just after midnight asking for a ride. Once in the car, Angel reportedly pulled out a handgun and demanded the occupants hand over all their possessions, then pulled the keys from the car’s ignition.

The victims watched Angel run off to a home in the area of McGuffey and Jacobs. Police surrounded the home and ultimately arrested Angel who had been hiding inside.

Angel also had been implicated in a theft at the same Dollar General days before the alleged aggravated robbery.

Angel also had faced charges in the past for domestic violence, driving under suspension and possession of dangerous drugs.

Foley said murders and violence resulting from some sort of retaliation are becoming too frequent in the city. He said the city’s Community Initiative to Reduce Violence program is intended to address people such as Angel before they wreak havoc on the community or fall victim to retaliation and murder.

The CIRV program will use a three-faceted effort involving prayer, police and social services to quell violence in the city.

“A lot of these homicides are over someone feuding with someone else or someone retaliating against someone for murder or some other issue,” Foley said.

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