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Elderly man shoots his best friend for serving wrong brand of beer

By Mason White 5:32 PM March 16, 2015
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By: Feng Qian
An elderly man became angry at his best friend for serving him the wrong brand of beer, police in Louisiana said.

New Orleans Police said that they arrested 64-year-old Clarence Sturdivant, after being accused of shooting 66-year-old Walter Merrick in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Saturday.

According to the police investigation, Sturdivant asked the victim for a beer, and when he brought him the wrong brand, an argument broke out.

The victim served him a Busch beer, but the suspect prefered a Budweiser. A discussion about which beer is better turned violent.

The suspect shot the victim and left. The victim was treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Sturdivant however, told a different story. Sturdivant confirmed that the two men had a discussion about the beer, but said it was Merrick who first pointed a gun at him. Sturdivant said that he fired in self-defense.

Sturdivant was released from the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center after posting $1,000 bail.