Man Charged with Homicide in Downtown Duluth Death

Baihly Warfield
Updated: September 06, 2018 06:14 PM

DULUTH, Minn. - Jamal Tyshawn Jackson, a 25-year-old Duluth man has been charged in the death of Scott Pennington early Saturday morning. 

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Pennington, 31, died of a gunshot wound. Authorities say Jackson shot him in the face on the 100 block of West 1st Street. 

It happened just after 1 a.m. on Saturday. The criminal complaint says there were more than a dozen 911 calls depicting a "hysterical scene with people asking and yelling for emergency help." 

According to police, witnesses said Jackson had bragged about "being strapped," meaning he had a gun. The criminal complaint said Jackson approached Pennington and shot him in the face as he stood on the sidewalk. 

A single spent .40-caliber casing was allegedly found near Pennington, and law enforcement said Jackson had bought a .40-caliber pistol earlier this year. 

A friend of Pennington's, Emma Espejo, said his death is affecting hundreds of people. 

"Scott was a person who lit up the room, not just because there no way you could miss his giant self walking in, but because he had the brightest, most beautiful soul," Espejo wrote.

His celebration of life is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mr. D's in West Duluth. 

Police said the investigation was "extensive," but court documents do not say what the motive was. 

"Given the hour and the proximity to a number of bars, the crowd outside in the scene was extensive," court documents say. "Numerous interviews were conducted and hours of video were collected." 

Jackson allegedly turned himself in on an unrelated warrant and declined to give a statement to police. 

His first appearance was Thursday morning, where bail was set at $750,000. He is being held at the St. Louis County Jail. His next court date is Sept. 24. 

Second-degree murder is a felony and carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. 


Baihly Warfield

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