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Two siblings are facing charges in the death of a man who was fatally shot in the back, allegedly by one or both of the siblings, when a dispute erupted into gunfire off East Central this summer.
Ahmond Bridges, 36, and Torshikia Bridges, 40, both face an open count of murder, among other felonies, in the July 25 death of Michael Baisden.
Initially, police believed Ahmond Bridges fatally shot Baisden after he stepped in front of Bridges as the two men fired at onlookers during an argument.
But according to court records, additional witness statements said Torshikia Bridges also fired a gun during the incident and it was her shot that struck Baisden.
According to the criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court:
Police responded around 11:45 a.m. to a fight outside the Four Hills Studios apartments in the 12900 block of East Central, west of Tramway. Soon after, Ahmond Bridges showed up to the hospital with a mortally wounded Baisden.
Witnesses told police Baisden and Ahmond Bridges were beating another man, who turned out to be Torshikia Bridges’ boyfriend, in the parking lot before getting into an argument with two men in a neighboring mobile home park.
The argument escalated until, according to witnesses, Baisden and Ahmond Bridges opened fire on the two men, and a third man pulled up in a vehicle and began shooting back at them.
Witnesses police initially spoke to said that, during the gunfire, Baisden stepped in front of Ahmond Bridges and was shot.
However, a separate witness interviewed later said Torshikia Bridges had also been firing a gun from a nearby dumpster and Baisden didn’t fall to the ground until she started shooting.
Since the incident, Ahmond Bridges’ defense attorney has said his client was also shot that day and booked into jail with an “untreated gunshot wound.” The attorney filed a motion on Sept. 17 to have Bridges taken to the hospital to have the bullet removed.
In a response, prosecutors called the claims “utterly without merit and patently false,” and argued that Ahmond Bridges never mentioned being shot in his two months behind bars and the county jail would not have booked him with an untreated gunshot wound.
On Sept. 24, state District Judge Jacqueline Flores granted the motion to allow Ahmond Bridges to be seen at a hospital and have the alleged bullet removed.