Police: York man said he shot another 'before he got the jump on me'

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

Police have arrested a York City man for allegedly firing at someone he told detectives he believed was a threat to his family.

Edison Alexander Acosta, 21, of the 300 block of Oak Lane, was arraigned Wednesday morning at the county's central booking unit. His bail was set at $500,000, according to court records.

Acosta is charged with the first-degree felonies of attempted homicide and aggravated assault and was being committed to York County Prison in lieu of bail, court records state.

Edison Alexander Acosta

York City Police allege he shot Brandon "Sticky" Dejesus four times as the victim walked past Acosta's home, charging documents state.

Dejesus, 30, also of York City, was taken to York Hospital in a private vehicle and is expected to survive his injuries, police said.

The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of Oak Lane as Acosta was sitting in his car playing a game on his cellphone, according to charging documents.

Acosta told officers he looked up and saw Dejesus — who he knew only as "Sticky" — walking north. He said that although he'd never spoken with Dejesus, he "believes Dejesus was a threat to his family," documents state.

Getting 'the jump': After Dejesus walked past the driver-side door of Acosta's car, Acosta opened the door, yelled "yo" and fired "what he believed (was) the entire magazine of 22 rounds at Dejesus striking him multiple times," charging documents state.

"I was going to get the jump on him before he got the jump on me," Acosta told officers, according to documents.

Police said they received no reports of Dejesus having a gun or making any threats toward Acosta.

Acosta then went inside his home, asked his mother to call 911 and locked his Glock 9 mm handgun in his safe until officers arrived, documents state.

Police recovered six spent shell casings at the scene and the Glock from Acosta's home, according to documents.

Previous homicide: Dejesus pleaded guilty in February to misdemeanor charges of reckless endangerment and being a person not to possess a firearm, and was released after spending about 18 months in York County Prison.

He had originally been charged with first- and third-degree murder for the April 15, 2018, shooting death of Luis "Pily" Inoa at the corner of South Duke and South streets, but Dejesus' murder charges were dropped as part of his plea agreement.

Police have said DeJesus and another man, Chayanne Ramirez, both fired and that ballistics testing determined a stray bullet fired by Ramirez killed Inoa, 27, of Schuylkill County.

Ramirez and Inoa were friends, and Ramirez was trying to protect Inoa, his attorney has said.

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Dejesus' defense attorney at the time, Korey Leslie, has said there's no physical evidence in the case to show that Dejesus fired a gun that day.

Investigators recovered a backpack at the scene that held a shotgun police had alleged was used by Dejesus that day, according to Ramirez's defense attorney.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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