published Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Chattanooga: Police ID Okie Dokie Mart shooting victim

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    Seen Wednesday morning, the Okie Dokie food market at 1300 Roanoke Ave. was the scene of a shooting death Tuesday when a man was shot in the chest at close range shortly before 9 p.m. on the sidewalk in front of the store. Staff photo by John Rawlston/Chattanooga Times Free Press

Several friends of the man killed Tuesday night say the shooting was the deadly ending of an ongoing argument.

They also say police punched a witness and twice sprayed him with Mace.

The victim — identified by police as 22-year-old Cordarrius Armour — was shot point-blank in the chest Tuesday about 9 p.m. at the Okie Dokie Mart at 1900 Roanoke Ave.

As of 3 p.m., police had not released the name of a suspect or any other information about the incident. Police said Tuesday night that Armour died from his wounds.

This morning, more than 15 community residents said the 22-year-old’s death was not gang related and described him as a quiet man who usually kept to himself.

“He didn’t even come out of the house,” said Tee Lee, whose daughter is Armour’s goddaughter. “I just wish he’d gone [died] a different way.”

Lee and friend Ashley Moore said they know who the shooter is and other residents said police had taken him into custody.

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Lee said the shooter was gunning specifically for Armour, and pushed a man and a little girl out of the way to get to him.

Friend Terry Base said Armour was a hard worker but had a history of confrontations with the shooter.

“He was a good guy, he just made bad choices,” he said. “Everybody has their devils in the closet.”

Base said he headed to the store when he heard about the shooting, then saw several officers hit and slam a witness into a police car when trying to detain him.

Base and five other young men at the convenience store this morning said they saw five or six officers slam one of Armour’s friends — who appeared to be in shock and covered in his blood — against a police car several times, punch him in the face, then spray a chemical in his face twice.

Resident Chris Hudgins, who also said he witnessed the incident, said the witness tried to walk away when police asked him to get in the police car. He said the witness kept his eyes closed and hands to his side and didn’t resist police until they tried to handcuff him.

“The police were beating the hell out of him,” Hudgins said. “They were just slamming him up against the car. They treated that guy wrong last night.”

Hudgins, Base and other witnesses said an ambulance was called and the witness was taken to the hospital.

Police have not responded to requests for information about how the witness was treated.

Contact Carey O’Neil at or 423-757-6525.

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mella_yella said...

@they saw five or six officers slam one of Armour’s friends — who appeared to be in shock and covered in his blood — against a police car several times, punch him in the face, then spray a chemical in his face twice.

This is the reason why many citizens have become so desensitized to police, even when one has been harmed or killed. They've been too overly exposed to the negative, abusive, unprofessional side of the unprofessionals. Nice way, guys, to dishonor the memor of a recently fallen hero and fellow comrade.

April 6, 2011 at 3:46 p.m.
carolettar said...

Our officers should not have to be afraid of the people they protect.Too many people do not help them. They are there to protect the very people that are shooting at them or not listening to them when they are talking . Why did his friend act like that and then walk away? for all the officers knew he could have been the shooter. Shame on you for using sgt.chapin to try and embarrass our officers.I know several officers on our police force and they are all great people. they have families just like we do and they have to be careful. we don't want to loose any more of them to violence. they are here to keep us safe because the pay sure isn't enough to get shot at or ran over with a vehicle.they get treated badly by the very people they protect. chattanooga and hamilton county has a great police department so lets not try to tarnish our officers names.

April 6, 2011 at 4:34 p.m.
mella_yella said...

And if they're going to beat up innocent potential witnesses it's understandable why PEOPLE DO NOT HELP THEM! What makes the police any better or any more trusting than the criminals or gang-bangers when their behavior is the same or worse?

"Why did the friend act this way and walk away?" Dah! It's called being in shock after having witnessed a horrific occurance such as seeing your best friend killed before your eyes. If the police can't understand such behavior then they have no business policing, serving and protecting the public. ALL PUBLIC!

If they're going to go out and make every citizen pay for what one lone gunman did, then they're acting just like the gang-bangers, aren't they?

April 6, 2011 at 4:54 p.m.
eyesWIDEopen said...

@Friend Terry Base said Armour was a hard worker but had a history of confrontations with the shooter.

Base own words suggest he must know who the shooter is since he is aware of a history between the shooter and the victim?

April 6, 2011 at 9:24 p.m.
Haiku said...

Chief Dodd doesn't appear to be the type of leader who will tolerate such unprofessional behavior. Hopefully, someone reported this to him. I think he is one of those truly professionaly, above-board type leaders. He's compassionate and just an all around honorable leader. I believe, he supports his officers, but he'll also hold them accountable when they screw up. He's nothing like the last two. A pretty boy and a skirt chaser.

April 7, 2011 at 4:26 p.m.
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