THE DISTRICT
Man, 22, fatally shot
in Anacostia area

A 22-year-old man was shot in the back and died Wednesday in the Anacostia neighborhood of Southeast Washington, police said.

The shooting occurred about 1 a.m. in the 1200 block of W Street SE, in front of a church just off Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, according to police.

Police said the victim, Kenneth Ronald Davis of Southeast Washington, apparently ran several blocks and collapsed in a small field at Green and Galen streets SE. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

— Peter Hermann

THE REGION
Ex-officer indicted
on federal charges

A former D.C. police officer has been indicted on federal charges related to sex trafficking involving minors and using social media to engage them in prostitution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Maryland announced Wednesday.

Chukwuemeka Ekwonna, 28, of Glenn Dale, Md., is facing a 10-count indictment in which he’s accused of creating an account on the Tagged social media platform and offering to pay a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old girl to engage in sex with him after exchanging dozens of messages with each, the U.S. attorney’s office said.

In January 2017, he allegedly met with the second victim. While she was in the back seat of his car, he pointed a gun at her and demanded she return the money he had just paid her, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

He allegedly also used his Tagged account to contact many other users to solicit them for sex. Ekwonna faces up to life in prison if convicted on the charges.

Ekwonna was fired from the D.C. police in April, after he was initially charged. He had been with the department for 14 months.

— Justin Jouvenal

MARYLAND
Former liquor board
official is indicted

A federal grand jury has indicted a former Maryland liquor board commissioner on two counts of bribery after being accused of taking cash in exchange for favorable votes, authorities announced Wednesday.

Federal law enforcement officers arrested Anuj Sud, 39, of Hyattsville this year as part of a wide-ranging corruption investigation into members of the Prince George’s County liquor board, liquor store owners and state legislators.

Sud received at least $3,000 in bribes in exchange for taking official action as a member of the liquor board that would favor those who paid him in 2015 and 2016, officials charged in an affidavit.

Sud resigned from the liquor board after his arrest.

— Lynh Bui