Police: September
death was homicide

Police in Prince George’s County said they are ruling the death of a 24-year-old man a homicide.

The man’s body was found near Seat Pleasant Drive and 71st Avenue in Seat Pleasant in September. Authorities said the cause of death was trauma to the upper body. The remains were later identified as those of Donta Simms, 24, of District Heights.

There is a reward of up to $25,000 for information that leads to an arrest and indictment in the case. Anyone with information is asked to call 301-772-4925.

In gunfire exchange,
officer kills suspect

A 32-year-old man was killed and a Baltimore police officer was wounded in the leg Wednesday night during an exchange of gunfire in a northwest Baltimore neighborhood, police officials said.

The confrontation happened as at least two officers worked a “crime initiative” in the 3700 block of Oakmont Avenue and encountered a man walking with a gun about 7:45 p.m., said T.J. Smith, a police spokesman. The man fired and wounded an officer in the leg as that officer returned fire.

“The suspect was on the street, the officers were in the area, they saw the suspect with a gun, [and] a confrontation ensued at that point,’’ Smith said at a news conference.

Police recovered a firearm at the scene, Smith said. It was not immediately clear how many officers were at the scene and how many fired their weapons.

Officials did not identify the officer or the man.

The officers had been detailed to seek guns and crime, Smith said, and would not say whether they were in uniform or plain clothes.

Man shot in head has died, police say

Authorities in Prince George’s County said a man who was shot in the Springdale area Tuesday has died.

He was identified as Bernard Parker, 59, of Utica Place.

Police said they were called about 1 p.m. to the 3700 block of Ladova Way after a report of a car crash. When they arrived, they found an empty car that had hit a tree. Investigators later found that the driver, Parker, had been taken to a hospital with a gunshot wound.

Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information in the case that leads to an arrest and indictment. Anyone with information is asked to call 301-772-4925.

The county has recorded more than 60 homicides this year.

Dad flips car racing to a fire at home

The father of two preteens in Prince George’s County crashed his vehicle, flipping it upside down in a ditch Wednesday, as he raced back to the family’s townhouse after his children called and said there was a fire at the house. No one was seriously injured in the incidents.

County fire officials said the incident began around 10:45 a.m., when the two children smelled smoke in the townhouse in the 100 block of Old Enterprise Road in the Kettering-Largo area.

The children, who were home alone, quickly got out and called their father’s cellphone. As he rushed home, he rolled his vehicle at Central Avenue and Enterprise Road, police said. He got out and started running the half-mile to his home.

When firefighters arrived, there was smoke coming from the front of the home. The fire was found on the first floor and extinguished. Fire officials said a malfunctioning extension cord behind a bookcase caused the blaze, which caused about $50,000 worth of damage.

Euille got 9,170 write-in votes

The ballots have been counted: Alexandria Mayor Bill Euille captured 35 percent of the vote as a write-in candidate in last week’s election, compared with 63 percent for the Democratic nominee and mayor-elect, Allison Silberberg.

The tally puts an end to Euille’s long-shot write-in campaign, which he launched after losing to Silberberg by 312 votes in a three-way mayoral primary in June.

Voter registrar Anna Leider said Wednesday that there were 31 variations on how Euille’s name was written on 9,170 ballots, mostly “different combinations of i, l and e’s, in assorted order.”

The canvassers’ favorite spelling, Leider said, was “You’ll,” which is how the mayor pronounces his name.

— Patricia Sullivan