KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (FOX19) - A fatal shooting at a Covington nightclub in January was justified, according to authorities.
The shooting occurred just before closing time on Jan. 10 at 30 Something bar on Greenup Street.
An investigation by the Kenton County Prosecutor’s Office and Covington police found the shooter fired to protect his cousin because the victim had put a gun to the cousin’s abdomen and threatened to kill him.
The prosecutor says it all started over a spilled drink.
The confrontation ensued after Jerome Lewis and Julius Lucas bumped into each other inside the bar, according to Kenton County Prosecutor Rob Sanders.
The two men didn’t know each other, Sanders says, but after the spill, Lewis retrieved a gun from his trunk.
“Once Mr. Lucas exited the bar, Mr. Lewis confronted Mr. Lucas with the handgun by pointing the handgun at Mr. Lucas’s abdomen or torso,” Sanders explained.
Authorities say Lewis threatened to Kill Lucas, and that’s when Lucas’s cousin, Steven Ware, stepped in.
“He drew that gun, firing one shot, striking Mr. Lewis in the head and unfortunately killing Mr. Lewis,” Sanders said.
A months-long investigation ensued.
“But all indications are Mr. Ware was acting in the defense of Mr. Lucas and was justified in his use of deadly physical force,” Sanders explained.
Ware’s attorney sent FOX19 NOW the following statement:
“This case is nothing short of tragic and at no time did Steve envision that he would have to use his weapon that evening. Thankfully for him, for Mr. Lucas and for the other people outside the bar, he was armed and vigilant, or this could have resulted in many more dead at the hands of Mr. Lewis.”
Saunders calls the shooting unfortunate.
“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Ware was put into a situation where he perceived that his cousin was about to be shot and or killed. I understand why he did what he did but never the less, it was all very silly, very unnecessary,” he said.
Steven’s attorney says Ware and Lucas share their sorrow to Lewis’s family for their loss and they have been praying for them.
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