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

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,