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Shooter in Browne’s Addition homicide claims self-defense

An unidentified man shot and killed Sunday in Browne’s Addition was brandishing a Taser and a fake pistol, according to court documents.

The shooter, Dwayne K. Roth, 56, told police that he believed he was about to be shot.

Roth was smoking marijuana with his son, Damon N. Gerhauser, 23, at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday in his son’s apartment when his son got a phone call. Gerhauser left the basement apartment unit telling Roth that he was letting a friend in, according to court documents.

Gerhauser’s apartment is in the basement of the three-story apartment building at 2008 W. Sunset Blvd.

The man who died was not identified in court records and attempts to reach police spokeswoman Officer Teresa Fuller were unsuccessful.

Roth then heard someone yell, “everybody freeze get on the ground,” court documents say.

He told police that he saw his son collapse partially inside the apartment. A man was standing over Gerhauser, holding a Taser in one hand, and what looked like a gun in the other. The Taser was pressed into his son’s back, according to court documents. At this point Roth took out his handgun, which he was carrying. The man with the Taser began to pivot toward Roth, court documents say. Roth shot him twice.

The man left the apartment, dropping the Taser in the process. Roth and his son followed a blood trail into the parking lot in front of the apartment building and found the man lying in the dirt. Roth called the police and reported what happened.

Gerhauser’s girlfriend told investigators that Gerhauser was supposed to meet someone at the apartment to sell $1,800 worth of marijuana, according to court documents. She wasn’t in the apartment when the shooting occurred.

Roth, when reached by phone, said the marijuana allegations against his son were false, but declined to comment further on the incident.

According to court documents, police found a Taser and an air soft pistol in the parking lot. Gerhauser was transported to the hospital for injuries sustained from the Taser. Police filed a search warrant for Gerhauser’s cellphone, as well as any drugs or scales in the apartment.


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