Man arrested in shooting of Emanuel Augustus
Police have arrested 21-year-old Christopher Stills in connection with the shooting of retired boxer Emanuel Augustus, who remains in critical condition after having been an innocent bystander to an argument when the shots were fired, according to The Advocate newspaper based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Stills was booked into Parish Prison on Thursday on counts of attempted second-degree murder, as a felon in possession of a handgun and illegal use of a weapon,” according to the report. Once known as Emanuel Burton, Augustus was shot in the head Monday night in Baton Rouge just a few blocks from the gym where he occasionally still sparred.
Stills was arguing with another man presumed to be a cousin while the latter was driving a red car, according to Cpl. Don Coppola, a Baton Rouge police spokesman and an affidavit.
At the same time, Augustus, 39, walking by, found himself in the path of bullets that Stills fired over the top of the car and was struck by one of them, according to the affidavit. Stills returned to his vehicle, which the cousin drove away, apparently in fear of what Stills might do to him. The cousin later cooperated with police, according to the affidavit.
Augustus retired after his final bout in 2011 with a record of 38-34-6 that included 20 knockouts.