CROWN POINT — A man told police Esteban Ocampo shot his friend, Markis D. Square, before he turned the gun on him, leading to a wrestling match over the weapon outside Ocampo's business in Gary, according to recently filed court records.
Ocampo, 50, of Gary, was charged Saturday in Lake Criminal Court with murder in the shooting of Square, his former business partner, after a dispute over money at Ocampo Auto Sales, 401 W. Ridge Road.
Ocampo also is charged with intimidation and pointing a firearm on allegations he stuck his gun in Square's friend's face after the fatal shooting and tried ordering him into his business's garage.
The friend provided his account of the shooting Saturday morning, shortly before charges were filed against Ocampo. The friend was in police custody Saturday on an unrelated matter, records state.
He told police he drove Square on Wednesday to the auto business to pick up a vehicle. He said after they parked, Square, 30, and Ocampo spoke briefly before walking into the business's garage.
“About five minutes later ... boom, boom, boom ... Markis Square comes running out,” the friend told police, records state.
He said Square ran from the garage with Ocampo chasing him, shooting a gun at him from about 3 to 4 feet away, records state. The men rounded the building's corner, where the friend lost sight of them.
He said Ocampo came back and ordered him to, “Get on your knees,” records state. The friend refused and Ocampo allegedly stuck the silver revolver in his face. Ocampo then told the man to get into the garage, but he again refused, and they ended up “tussling” over the firearm, records state.
The man said he was able to get the gun away from Ocampo, but he returned it and left the scene in his vehicle. He said he fled because he was wanted by police on a warrant.
He told detectives he did not realize Square was dead until someone later called and told him.
The friend's account of the shooting differs from an account provided by Ocampo's wife, who initially told police Square was shot by a customer while attempting to rob her, records state.
Police said the wife confessed Friday that story was phony after officers confronted her with inconsistencies between her initial statement and what she told dispatchers in her 911 call to report the shooting.
She allegedly confessed her husband shot Square, but claimed Square threatened him with a gun. She said she went inside the business to call police, and she then heard three gunshots.
She told police she went back outside and found her husband fighting with Square's friend, records state. She said her husband left the scene as police were arriving and threw his gun in an alley.
Ocampo requested an attorney when police attempted to interview him, records state.
A .22-caliber semiautomatic handgun was found in Square's back pocket at the crime scene, records state. Police found no spent shell casings at Ocampo Auto Sales.
Ocampo previously served three years in prison for a robbery conviction in December 1988 in Cook County, records state. He was sentenced to 15 months in prison in June 2013 after he was convicted of aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Cook County.
Ocampo is in custody at Lake County Jail. He is not afforded bond.