Daniel Adkins' killer claims self-defense: Unarmed man shot, killed outside Arizona Taco Bell

Written By Chicago News Report on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | 4/04/2012 07:52:00 PM


In a case that is being compared to the Trayvon Martin shooting, a black man who shot and killed an unarmed man outside an Arizona restaurant is claiming self-defense.

On Tuesday, April 3, 2012, around 7:30 p.m., 29-year-old Daniel Adkins, who appears to be a white Hispanic male, was killed outside a Laveen, Arizona, Taco Bell at 7233 South 51st Avenue, near Baseline Road, said Phoenix police.

Authorities said the shooter, a 22-year-old black man, was pulling out of the Taco Bell drive thru when he crossed paths with Adkins, who was walking his dog on the sidewalk.

Photo of Daniel Adkins/Fox News
One report indicates Adkins struck the driver's vehicle with a bat or a metal pole after he and the driver exchanged words.

It's unclear if investigators found a weapon at the scene.

However, an independent eyewitness said Adkins swung his fist in the direction of the driver several times, according to various local news sources.

Like Florida, Arizona has a "Stand Your Ground" law, which allows a "victim" to use deadly force when faced with a life or death confrontation.

Thus far, the shooter has not been arrested or charged with a crime.

Adkins' family members are calling for justice.

Click HERE to sign a petition to have Daniel Adkins' killer arrested

If you have any information on the shooter's identity, please send an email to news@ChicagoNewsReport.com.



Photo of alleged shooter courtesy of kpho.com.

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