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Man shot after broken necklace dispute in Jefferson County ruled self-defense

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A 31-year-old man is dead after an argument over a broken necklace led to a shooting early Sunday morning, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said Maurice Carter was shot after witnesses reported he showed up to a home angry about a chain necklace that had been damaged during an altercation earlier in the evening.

The sheriff's office said Carter reportedly came to the home in 200 block of 18th Avenue Northwest around 2:15 a.m., began arguing, and pulled out a gun.

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Carter then reportedly pointed the gun at one of the people at the home.

The sheriff's office said that person was reportedly able to back away from Carter with his hands up and retrieve a shotgun.

The shotgun was fired once and Carter was struck.

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The sheriff's office said Carter fled around the side of the home where responding deputies located him.

Deputies attended to Carter until medical personnel arrived.

The sheriff's office said Carter was taken to UAB hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

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After presenting the case to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, the sheriff's office said it was determined that the shooting of Carter was in self-defense and that there will be no charges pursued.

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