Prince George's records 14th homicide of 2011

By Matt Zapotosky
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 19, 2011; 10:46 PM

A man was shot to death in Suitland early Wednesday, bringing Prince George's County's homicide total to 14 this year, authorities said.

The shooting occurred just after 2:40 a.m. in the 3500 block of Terrace Drive, authorities said. Officers found a man shot at least twice. He died at a hospital.

Cpl. Henry Tippett, a county police spokesman, said witnesses reported seeing a man pulled from a black Mercedes-Benz. But investigators do not know whether the man was shot in the car, Tippett said. Investigators have not identified suspects or a motive, he said.

Law enforcement sources said that investigators think the killing was drug-related.

Tippett identified the slain man as Douglas H. Jordan Jr., 22, of Southeast Washington, and he said the street where the incident occurred is a cul-de-sac with one way in and out.

A sister of Jordan's, Nikia Jordan, said that her brother was in Suitland that night to visit his girlfriend and that family members think the slaying resulted from some type of robbery.

"He was just a family guy. He believed in just doing well and being nice to people," Nikia Jordan, 27, said.

Jordan said that her brother was the father of 2-year-old Treasure Jordan and that he was considering entering the military. She said he enjoyed playing basketball and spending time with his daughter and nephews.

Prince George's police have been scrambling to respond to an unusual spate of homicides this year, sending extra detectives to the investigations division and drug units, assigning a police major to coordinate increased enforcement inside the Capital Beltway and having federal agents work with county homicide detectives. On Tuesday, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) said at a news conference that those efforts were helping officials make "progress" in stopping the violence.

Tippett said that, at least initially, Wednesday's slaying appears to be an "isolated incident," not connected to any of the other killings.

Also Wednesday, police released new details in the Jan. 11 slaying of Justin DeSha-Overcash, 22, a University of Maryland student.

Police said DeSha-Overcash's attacker might have been struck in the face with a glass jar during an attempted drug robbery. They said in a written statement that the robber "was heard asking specifically for Justin throughout the entire ordeal" and that DeSha-Overcash's house was "previously under investigation for drug activity." Police said previously that they seized from the home a "quantity of marijuana sufficient to indicate an intent to distribute."

DeSha-Overcash's parents and many friends have insisted that DeSha-Overcash was not a drug dealer. He was in his final year of school, studying physics and astronomy, family and friends have said.

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