NEWPORT NEWS -- A man who claimed self defense when he shot a man last year is now charged with murder.

After reviewing the case, the Commonwealth Attorney recommended warrants be obtained by the detective for Charles Shane Christ, police spokeswoman Holly McPherson said.

Crist, 27, is accused of shooting Greg Arsenault, 29, on the night of July 9, 2010 in the parking lot of Sentara Port Warwick.

Arsenault, who lived in Hampton, died a short time later. Police say Crist told investigators that Arsenault started a fight with him inside nearby Kelly's Tavern. He said Arsenault had a knife and was later kicked out of the tavern.

Police say witnesses saw Arsenault approach Crist as he went to his car and that's when Crist pulled out a gun. Crist allegedly yelled at Arsenault to stop and then fired several times when he did not.

Two knives were recovered from Arsenault at the hospital, according to police.

Warrants for murder and use of a firearm were issued March 24; Crist was picked up at a 7-Eleven on Denbigh Blvd. around 6:10 a.m. Tuesday.

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