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Damascus Holiday Party Killing Was Self-Defense, Says Grand Jury

February 20, 2016

 A Montgomery County grand jury has declined to indict a Damascus man in connection with a holiday party killing, determining that he acted in self-defense.

   In December Montgomery County Police arrested Francisco A. Trujillo in the killing of Mario Alberto Perez. On Friday, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office announced that the grand jury would not indict Trujillo for the killing.

   The incident took place on December 21, at a holiday party at the Trujillo home on Ridge Road in Damascus. Trujillo, 35, shot and killed the unarmed Perez, 40, after an argument erupted and a drunken Perez became enraged and threatened to kill Trujillo and his family, according to reports. Perez was determined to have a blood-alcohol content of between 0.22 and 0.28, according to reports.

   Trujillo told reporters that Perez, a much larger man, was a former Marine and avid martial arts enthusiast, and the combination of his training, size, background, and rage made him an imminent threat to himself and his family. Trujillo, who testified on his own behalf before the Grand Jury, said he shot Perez once in the chest as the larger man began to charge at him.

   Trujillo remained on the scene and was taken into custody by responding officers.

   As a result of the grand jury’s refusal to indict, the Montgomery County State’s Attorney will not pursue further charges against Trujillo and he can get on with his life.

 

Captions: The home in Damascus where the killing took place in December while police Crime Scene Investigation vans parked in the drive. 

Photo by Germantown Pulse

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