DALLAS — The elderly man charged with fatally shooting his neighbors at their apartment complex in Dallas on Monday denied killing Michelle Jackson, and said he acted in self-defense when he killed her fiancé, Jamie Stafford.
According to an arrest warrant, Chung Kim, 75 — incensed that Jackson and Stafford put dog feces near his front door — shot Jackson as she stood on her balcony above his first-floor apartment. He then stalked upstairs and fired at Stafford, the warrant says, who was attempting to escape through the back patio door.
The victim jumped to the ground from the apartment, but Kim met him after his fall, standing over him and fatally shooting him, the warrant says.
In a jailhouse interview with News 8 on Wednesday, Kim denied the details of that report, and said he did not kill Jackson. Kim argued that he opened his front door and found the feces. He said he shouted for Stafford to come down to his apartment.
"He said, 'OK I come back.' When he come back, he bring a gun and point it at me... he pointed gun at my head," Kim said.
He then said he wrestled the gun away from Stafford using martial arts that he learned while serving in the military. Kim said Stafford had a holster in his left hand and the gun in his right. He said when he took the gun, Stafford fled and dropped the holster.
"I know martial arts, and I know I'm going to die anyway. People die at 76 years old, but I don't want someone to kill me," he said. "So I take his gun and kill him."
Dallas police have sent the murder weapon to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for forensic testing and have not received the results.
Kim said after shooting Stafford, he "went to blank" and doesn't remember what happened afterwards. However, he repeatedly denied killing Jackson, and disputed the reports of any longstanding feud between himself and the two people he's charged with killing.
"That's a lie; someone making lie because they are prejudiced," Kim said. "This guy was really prejudiced. I'm Korean; he talked to me in really bad language," Kim said of Stafford.
However, Kim conceded that he was admitted to Parkland Memorial Hospital following a confrontation with the apartment manager in 2007. Public documents show police confiscated a Taurus .357 revolver, six rounds of ammunition, and Kim's Texas handgun license.
Kim was arrested Monday following the shooting after driving to a bank. He's being held at the Dallas County Jail on $1 million bond.
Stafford and Jackson had five children together.
WFAA.com's Matt Goodman contributed to this report.