State Attorney Angela Corey announced at a press conference this afternoon in Jacksonville that neither Kristopher Stone, the Iron Order Motorcycle Club prospect who killed Black Piston Zachariah “Nas T” Tipton outside Nippers Beach Grille last June 26, nor his fellow prospect Timothy White will be charged “with any crime.”
Corey corroborated that Stone was an Army National Guard medic who was stationed at Camp Blanding, Florida and who lived in Middleburg, Florida.
Jacksonville Beach Police Chief Patrick K. Dooley and Assistant State Attorney Brian Brady also spoke at the conference which featured video surveillance footage of events immediately before and after the fatal incident. According to both Brady and Corey the video of the actual shooting cannot be made public without the consent of Tipton’s family. Corey said they refused to give that permission when they saw the video for the first time this morning.
According to authorities and the just released video, Tipton was killed in a confrontation between three Black Pistons and the two Iron Order prospects. The prospects were outside the restaurant guarding the motorcycles of the Iron Order members inside. According to Brady, four other Black Pistons were in the area of Nippers at the time of the shooting. Witnesses have previously stated that at least eight Iron Order members were inside the restaurant at the same time. Brady also said that one member of the American Outlaws Association was at Nippers that night.
The video shows the two prospects were approached by the three Black Pistons in the parking spaces on the side of Hopson Road closest to the restaurant. According to police one Black Piston knocked a cup of water out of one prospect’s hand and Tipton punched Stone in the back of the head. Stone then began to fight Tipton and a second Black Piston while the remaining prospect and the third Black Piston fought. The fight ended when Stone pulled an automatic pistol out of his vest and emptied it at Tipton.
Corey said Stone acted in reasonable fear of his life because he had sustained a serious injury, a broken nose, and because he was so terrified he wet his pants. Both Corey and Brady mentioned the accidental urination multiple times. After the shooting, the other Black Pistons left the scene. Corey said Tipton’s “friends left him there to die.”
Officials said one of the Black Pistons returned four minutes later and retrieved something from Tipton’s body. Police implied he was collecting a gun. According to police, Tipton was carrying two nine millimeter ammunition clips, was wearing an empty gun holster and might have been in possession of brass knuckles. According to police, Tipton was also carrying three knives.
Brady characterized the fight as “a coordinated attack on Stone” and quoted an unnamed witness as saying that the Iron Order prospect was “getting worked really hard.” He said that when he drew his gun and fired, Stone was “being pounded by two individuals on the ground.”
The Assistant State Attorney also said that Stone was in legal possession of his pistol because he was not inside Nippers and because he had not consumed alcohol. “He was a prospect and he wasn’t allowed to drink that night,” Brady said
Brady also said that Tipton was wearing a mouth guard when he was shot and that the other Black Pistons might have been as well. The implication was that the Black Pistons anticipated a fight when they approached the two prospects.
All three speakers at the conference said the attack by the three Black Pistons on the two Iron Order prospects was motivated by extortion. According to Brady, the Outlaws wanted to tax the Iron Order and the Iron Order refused to be taxed. And the Black Pistons were “acting as a fist for the Outlaws.”