Colin Marcel Jackson, 22, who was found dead inside a Campus Crossings apartment Wednesday night, had a criminal history, according to Orange County documents.

On Dec. 30, 2014, two males, later identified as Jamal Ahmad Herndon and Jackson, attempted to "stick up," or steal, a gold chain from around the victim's neck at a Campus Crossings apartment, according to an arrest affidavit from the Orange County Sheriff's Office. When the victim ran, one of the suspects allegedly fired a shot into the air.

The victim's girlfriend was outside of the residence, and both victims got into her vehicle. Jackson and Herndon approached the vehicle, and Herndon allegedly shot into the ground as the victims drove toward the front of the apartment complex, the affidavit states.

The day before, the victim's girlfriend was sitting inside of her vehicle and noticed Jackson and Herndon approaching her vehicle. After her boyfriend came out of the apartment, Jackson allegedly removed his handgun from his pocket. The two victims fled in the vehicle and noticed Herndon point a gun at the vehicle and fire a shot that is believed to have hit the ground, according to the affidavit.

On December 30, Deputy Jeffrey Kushel placed Jackson in handcuffs after feeling a hard object in his right pocket. He searched Jackson and found a silver .22 caliber Ionica semi-automatic pistol and a small scale with what appeared to be cannabis "shake" on the top. In one of the defendant's vehicles, Kushel found a Glock .40 caliber handgun and a mason jar and clear plastic sandwich bag containing cannabis, as well as a scale in the center console.

Jackson was arrested and charged with three felony offenses, including carrying a concealed weapon, aggravated assault with a firearm and armed burglary of dwelling with firearm, according to the Orange County Clerk of Courts. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of petit theft of $100 or more and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Herndon, 24, was listed as Jackson's co-defendant and was arrested on many of the same charges, as well possession of cannabis within 1,000 feet of a school.

Jackson, who is not a UCF student, was found dead inside a Campus Crossings apartment, which management said belonged to his girlfriend.

Orange County Sheriff's Officers received a 911 call at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday from a woman who said she heard gunshots. On the way to the reported area, officers tried to call her back but she wouldn't pick up. When they got there, the deputies knocked door to door until they found blood on a doorstep, said OCSO Lt. Paul Hopkins.

The blood appeared to be fresh, which would suggest the incident started outside. After maintenance let deputies inside the unit, they found Jackson's body, who appeared to have suffered gunshot wounds.


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