911 call released in Carrollwood stand your ground case

Carlos Garcia shot and killed on September 19th

Family Photo: Carlos Juan Garcia

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A chilling 911 call paints a picture of the events following the shooting death of a Carrollwood father or two.  On September 19th, 41-year old Nick Julian IV shot and killed Carlos Garcia after an argument over loud music.  The state attorney’s office ruled the case was self-defense.

Neighbors heard the gunfire and were outside as Julian IV was on the phone with a 911 operator.

Julian:  One of the neighbors down the street came out because he heard the gunshot.

911:  So, he shot a gun too?

Julian:  No ma’am, he came at me with something, I don’t know what it was because it was dark, but I started to go to my door, once he got me towards the screen door, I had no choice I’m on my property.

911:  Who used the gun?

Julian:  I did.

Shortly after the shooting, Garcia’s ex-wife Yaileen Ayala came out of her home to find his lifeless body.  The exchange between her and Julian was also captured on that phone call.

911:  Is that his wife in the background crying sir?

Julian:  yes, she just came out of the house.

Ayala:  Why did you do this?

Julian:  Right in front of my door.  He charged me in the house, I don’t know what he charged me with.  He came and ran at me was going to hit me with something.  Cause I asked him to turn his stereo down.

Ayala:  Why did you do this?

Julian:  Cause he charged me, I was in fear of my life.

Tampa attorney Bryant Camareno is now representing Ayala and questions whether the shooting was, in fact, self-defense.  “Rather than go inside the house, call the police and let the police handle it, he came out and engaged in another dispute.”  Said Camareno.  “And sure enough, he shoots this poor young man.”

In a letter sent to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, State Attorney Mark Ober wrote:  “the evidence is insufficient to rebut nick Julian Iv”s claim that his use of deadly force against Mr. Garcia was an act of self-defense.  No criminal charges shall be filed against Nick Julian IV.”

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