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Guard charged with 2nd-degree murder in Chesapeake shooting

CHESAPEAKE (AP) Officials say a security guard has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 60-year-old man whose family says was playing Pokémon Go at the time.

Chesapeake Commonwealth’s Attorney Nancy Parr said Thursday that Johnathan Cromwell has been charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the January killing of Jiansheng Chen.

Police say Chen was sitting in his minivan in a parking lot when he was fatally shot by the security guard after an altercation. An attorney for Chen’s family has said the man was playing Pokémon Go.

Andrew Sacks, an attorney for the security company, said the company believes the guard acted justifiably in self-defense. Sacks said Thursday that the company continues to stand behind Cromwell.

An attorney for Cromwell declined to immediately comment.

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