A man whose body was discovered near an Antioch apartment complex
last week was killed in an act of self-defense, according to prosecutors and
Police said officers responded to a report of a possible dead body
near the entrance to an apartment complex in the 3400 block of Hudson Court
around 8 a.m. on Friday.
Officers discovered the man, identified by the Contra Costa County
coroner’s office as 22-year-old Nyjeah Jenkins, and saw that he had suffered
at least one gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Jenkins was found with a handgun visible in his pocket, Contra
Costa County Deputy District Attorney Mary Knox said.
Hours later, police arrested 19-year-old Jimmy Rider of Antioch on
suspicion of murder in connection with Jenkins’s death, Knox said.
Rider was taken to county jail in Martinez, where he was held on
$1 million bail.
Since that time, investigators have learned that Rider shot and
killed Jenkins in order to defend himself, another person and his property,
The prosecutor said high-quality surveillance footage captured at
the apartment complex in Antioch where Jenkins was killed on Thursday night
led investigators to that conclusion.
“From video footage of the incident that involved three parties,
there appeared to be legitimate claims of self-defense,” she said.
In addition, she said, Jenkins had an extensive criminal history
while Rider has none.
The 19-year-old is expected to be released from jail today and the
district attorney’s office is not filing charges against him, Knox said.
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