PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A Phoenix man got into a fight with his mother's boyfriend and shot him to death and took off on Tuesday, police said.
According to court paperwork, 48-year-old Jerry Lee Peck, who lives with his mom and her boyfriend, was having an ongoing argument with the unidentified victim throughout the day at their house in a neighborhood near 28th Avenue and Indian School Road. He was smoking marijuana and methamphetamine and drinking bourbon, investigators said.
Things escalated when a friend of Peck came to the home and knocked on the bedroom window, waking up the victim. Peck and the victim started yelling and then Peck's mother joined in the argument. Peck claims the victim pushed his mother and then reached toward his right pants pocket, court documents said. That's when Peck pulled out his handgun from his holster and shot the victim in the chest. Peck then ran from the home.
The victim was taken to the hospital and later died. Investigators later said there was nothing on the floor near the victim and nothing in his pockets.
Police later found Peck on Thursday morning around 10 down the street from the home. The gun was found in his backpack. Police said Peck originally said it was self-defense but then said he shouldn't have shot the victim. He was booked into jail and faces charges of second-degree murder, drug paraphernalia and marijuana possession. His bond was set at $1 million.