Man shot, killed in Gilbert; shooter claims self-defense


by Catherine Holland

Video report by Ryan O'Donnell

Posted on May 17, 2013 at 6:24 AM

Updated Thursday, May 23 at 1:26 PM

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GILBERT, Ariz. -- Police are trying to determine if a deadly late-night shooting in Gilbert might have been self-defense.

Police have identified the victim as Winston Lewis, 46.

They said the shooter, identified as Brandon Shriner, 27, claims he fired in self-defense. Detectives are trying to piece together what happened and determine if that was indeed the case.

The incident occurred at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday in the neighborhood of Greenfield and Guadalupe roads.

The circumstances and what happened in the moments leading up to the shooting were not immediately available. Police know there was some kind of gathering, but they do not believe it was a party.

Hours after the shooting, a woman showed up on the scene to pick up her daughter. She told 3TV that Shriner is her daughter's husband and Lewis was her friend.

Investigators were on the scene all night and well into the morning, talking to everyone who was in the area at the time of the shooting. By just after 8 a.m., police were wrapping up the on-scene portion of their investigation, but they said they still have quite a bit of work to do.

Because Shriner is claiming self-defense, he has not been arrested.

According to A.R.S. § 13-404, "a person is justified in threatening or using physical force against another when and to the extent a reasonable person would believe that physical force is immediately necessary to protect himself against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful physical force."

The statute goes on to say that "verbal provocation alone" is not enough to justify use of physical force.