ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS4)– Police in Atlanta have arrested a suspect in the murder of a Colorado man at a gas station on July 3.

Police arrested James Stewart on Monday. He claims he fired in self defense. Detectives said none of the evidence from the crime scene supports that theory.

Police said Stewart, 33, shot Doug Perry, 62, three times as he gassed up his rental car before returning it to the Hartsfield Airport.

Police believe Perry was likely on his way home from checking on a farm he owned in Alabama.

Perry was an Army pharmacist and a horse owner and trainer from Brighton whose friends say likely would not give in to robbery demands.

“He was kind of a big hippie guy that really liked to race horses,” friend and fellow horse trainer Jay Holden said.

Holden says Perry raced his thoroughbreds at Arapahoe Park. He gave them funny names and he took great delight in winning.

“He really enjoyed owning them and being part of the whole process,” Holden said.

Atlanta police now say two independent witnesses have identified Stewart as the shooter.


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