Prosecutors told jurors Ersland was wrong to shoot the robber again because the boy was unconscious and not moving on the pharmacy floor. Defense attorneys said he courageously defended himself and two female employees.
Prosecutors also contended at trial that Ersland lied to police and the media when he claimed both robbers had guns and both shot at him. Prosecutors told jurors the evidence proved only the robber who fled was armed and only Ersland fired any shots.
In his 911 phone call,
The operator asked, “What is your name?”
He replied, “My name is Col. Jerome Ersland.”
Ersland retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2000 with the rank of lieutenant colonel, his military records show.
Ersland spoke to the operator about two minutes. He described Parker as dead four times. Sirens can be heard in the background at the end of the call. The operator said, “We've got officers on the way out there.” Ersland replied, “OK. Thank you. Bye-bye.”
Read, 50, only saw one of the masked robbers before fleeing to the backroom. The 911 operator asked her, “Did he shoot inside your store?” She replied, “Yes.”