MATTHEWS, N.C. -- According to an affidavit, the entire incident where a student was shot and killed Monday at Butler High School started with a fight over the weekend.

  • Affidavit says there was a fight near a grocery store
  • There are claims that the suspect did not 'win' the fight
  • Another claim is that Cuffie was afraid of being attacked at school

Court records show that 16-year-old suspect Jatwan Cuffie says he and another person were in a fight with two other people, including another Butler student, at the Harris Teeter parking lot near Margaret Wallace and Idlewild roads.

Cuffie was fighting two others and a third person jumped in. He later states that when one of his friends jumped in, one of the other subject pulled out a knife, and that's when he and his friend ran away. 

After the fight, Cuffie says he texted Bobby Mckeithen and asked who won the fight and that Cuffie became upset when Mckeithen said he did not know. 

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The affidavit, which details a series of text messages in which Cuffie claims another student wanted to fight him that Monday, Cuffie says was afraid the other student was going to attack him at school, so he brought a gun to defend himself. When Cuffie walked in to school Monday, he says Mckeithen walked up and hit him and that's when he says he shot McKeithen. McKeithen later died Tuesday.

After the shooting, Cuffie deatils that he told his 9th grade math teacher that he did not want to do it [shoot McKeithen] and police arrived shortly after that. 

The gun used in the shooting was reported as stolen. 

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