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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2007 4:27 pm | Updated: 6:26 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

A 21-year-old man arrested Thursday on accusations that he shot and killed a man Monday outside a Chandler restaurant claimed he fired the gun in self defense, according to court records.

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Robert Bridges Stanford III of Mesa said he fought with Van Henry Jordan III, 25, of Phoenix at Redfish, 2530 W. Chandler Blvd., and that Jordan hit him in the face, the Maricopa County court document states.

Stanford told police he left on foot and returned in his vehicle for a second confrontation. Using a .45-caliber handgun he fired three shots at Jordan.

Police say in the document that Stanford’s self defense claims are not supported by witness statements or evidence found at the scene.

A barroom fight broke out around midnight at Redfish, and Stanford was ejected from the restaurant. Security then escorted Jordan outside.

Jordan walked to his car parked east of the restaurant and was gunned down, police said. After being shot about 12:30 a.m. he made his way back to the front entrance of the restaurant.

Police arrested Stanford Thursday afternoon outside his home.

He made his initial court appearance Friday morning and had his bond set at $1 million.

Chandler police detective Frank Mendoza declined to comment about what lead police to Stanford other than to say that both men had an altercation at Redfish.

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