Prosecutors rule deadly shooting self defense

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by Tiffany Tarpley

Police are no longer calling a shooting at a barber shop and hair salon last week a homicide.

They said 18-year-old Clemon Ferguson was killed at 'Hair Fantasies' on North Martin Luther King Drive in Milwaukee Wednesday night while he and another man were trying to rob the place. A 26-year-old customer shot Ferguson and prosecutors ruled it an act of self defense.

The second suspect, 21-year-old Jeremy Pierce, is in custody facing a felony murder charge.

The salon's owner, who did not want to give her name, told CBS 58 her thoughts and prayers go out to both the customer and suspect who was killed. She said security will be stepped up.

“I'm going to have a surveillance system put around the whole building I'm thinking about hiring a part time security guard maybe 3 hours a day, the days we pick up,” she said. “I’m like trusting in the Lord right now to get me passed whatever it is I’m ready to really put it behind me so I can move on and just run this business the way it should be ran.”

No charges are being filed against the customer. A spokesperson for the police department said by law they can't disclose whether he had a concealed carry permit. A family member told CBS 58 his gun is registered.

Ferguson’s relatives said he was good and never got into any trouble. They said he was in the shop that day to get his hair cut.


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