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Homicide in the 4500 block of Benning Road, SE

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a homicide which occurred in the 4500 block of Benning Road, SE

On Tuesday, January 21, 2014, at approximately 2:00 am, members of the Sixth District responded to the report of a shooting in the 4500 block of Benning Road, SE. Upon arrival on the scene, members located an adult male suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel transported the victim to a local hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. On Saturday, February 22, 2014, the victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead. He was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner pending an autopsy.

The decedent has been identified as 33-year-old Earnest Jerome McWilliams of Northeast, Washington, DC.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.