Man found dead behind apartment building in New Carrollton, police say

A man was found dead behind a New Carrollton apartment building Tuesday morning, authorities said.

New Carrollton police responded to the 7800 block of Riverdale Road about 3:50 a.m. after receiving a call reporting gunshots and a person down, authorities said.

When officers arrived, they found 24-year-old Damato A. Coates of Silver Spring lying in the grass, authorities said. Emergency crews later pronounced him dead at the scene, police said.

Prince George’s County homicide detectives will be investigating the case and there is a reward of up to $25,000 available for information that leads to an arrest and indictment. Police are asking those with information to call 1-866-411-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.

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Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.
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