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Security guard charged in deadly shooting at University of Memphis area convenience store

Robert Buie is charged with second degree murder and convicted felon in possession of handgun.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — UPDATE 5/17/2021 - The man who serves as a security guard and stock person for Scooties One Stop by the University of Memphis is now charged in a deadly shooting there Sunday night.

Robert Buie is charged with second degree murder and convicted felon in possession of handgun.

According to the police affidavit, the store's owner and his son told police that the man who was shot and killed, identified as Christopher Nettles, had tried to run out of the store with $100 worth of merchandise. The affidavit said the store owner's son locked the door, and Nettles was unable to leave.

According to the affidavit, Buie told officers he told Nettles to get on the floor, but Nettles walked toward him instead. Buie told Police Nettles continued to walk toward him, and Buie shot him when he was about four to six feet away. Police said Nettles was not armed at the time.

Police said Buie had a previous guilty plea for burglary 20 years ago.

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5/16/2021 - A man has been shot to death just steps from the University of Memphis campus. Memphis Police say the victim was shot Sunday around 7:30 p.m. at Scooties One Stop at 3566 Walker Avenue, about a block west of the main campus. He was taken to Regional One Hospital where he died.

One person is in police custody, but charges have not been filed.