The following photo of Jonathan Gibbs was provided by the New Britain Police Department.
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -
Court documents unsealed Tuesday revealed 18-year-old Issaac Smith of New Britain was killed after he tried stealing a pair of sneakers he saw for sale on Facebook.
Smith made some bad choices just before midnight June 16 as he tried run off with an expensive pair of sneakers that Jonathan Gibbs of Meriden was selling, according to court documents.
Court documents stated Smith had conspired with friend Shaquille Maylor to steal a pair of sneakers from Gibbs, who wanted to sell them for $400.
After responding to Gibbs' ad, he and Smith arranged to meet at 19 Kelsey St.
When Gibbs showed up, he said someone approached him and gestured like he had a gun. He tThen took off with the sneakers, and Gibbs told investigators he grabbed a handgun in his truck.
"(I) ran after the male who stole my sneakers, aimed at him as he was running away, and fire one shot from my firearm," Gibbs told police, according to court documents. "I didn't know he was hit by the gunfire."
Gibbs, also told investigators he aimed lower, but the shot actually hit Smith in the back of the head.
Police said the gun used by Gibbs was legally owned.
Gibbs, who has been charged with murder, is being held on $3 million bond. He has not entered a pleas and his next court appearance is Aug. 5.
Police will not comment on their ongoing investigation into the murder, or if Maylor is facing any charges in connection with the robbery.
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