Police arrested a 54-year-old man they believe shot an 18-year-old after a dispute over the teen's sagging pants.Witnesses
told police Saturday night that John Constantin started to argue with
David Mitchell after telling the teenager to pull up his pants near the
pool of the Cross Creek Apartments. Witnesses told police that the
teenager pushed Constantin, and then Constantin shot him in the stomach.Mitchell was treated and released from Shands-Jacksonville Medical Center.
According to the police report, while in the back of the patrol car Constantin told the arresting officer, "An innocent man is going to jail because I was just protecting myself."Police said a small bottle believed to contain a rock of crack cocaine was found in one of Constantin's pockets.Constantin is charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and held on $100,003 bond. Authorities said drug possession charges could be added if the substance in the bottle tests positive for cocaine.