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Published on June 21, 2024
Coconut Grove Community Mourns as Grandfather Fatally Shot, Suspect Charged with Second-Degree MurderSource: Unsplash/ Matthew Ansley

A tragic incident unfolded in the early hours in Coconut Grove when a local grandfather was fatally shot, an event that has since led to one arrest. Albert Antown Sistrunk, 38, has been charged with second-degree murder in the killing of 57-year-old Christopher Jones, a story that has gripped the community as more details come to light. According to NBC Miami, the confrontation occurred when Jones, who was riding his bicycle, stopped at the intersection of Oak Avenue and Douglas Road and was approached by an individual who emerged from a white Nissan SUV.

Sistrunk is accused of pistol-whipping Jones, resulting in the firearm being discharged and striking the victim. After the attack, the suspect allegedly reentered the vehicle and fled the scene. The aftermath of the violence disturbed an otherwise quiet neighborhood, as police sectioned off the area to gather evidence. Local stations reported on the presence of crime scene investigators focusing on the remnants of the incident: a bicycle and a stationary car, according to Hoodline. The investigation drew attention to the severity of the encounter, punctuating the morning with an air of somberness.

Jones was transported to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Using surveillance video and license plate readers, authorities tracked down Sistrunk to a residence in Homestead. During his arrest, he was observed getting into a different car and his clothing appeared to have bloodstains. Sistrunk, who also appeared in bond court on Thursday for unrelated cocaine possession charges, awaits another court appearance set for Friday.

Community members have expressed their grief over the loss of Jones, who was a familiar face in the neighborhood and known for riding his bicycle. "I just heard that he passed, that he died, that Chris died. It saddens me, you know, a young man with so much promise to die on the street corner less than a block away from where he lives, grew up and played ball in school, it's just sad, just sad," Theaddeus Scott, a friend of the victim, told NBC Miami. Jones leaves behind a legacy as a son, who's a police officer in Georgia, and grandfather, as stated by his sister.

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