D.C. police confirmed that Williams was wanted on a warrant charging him with first-degree murder in the killing of Nurudeen Thomas, 30, of Greenbelt, Md. A D.C. police spokesman also confirmed that Williams was taken into custody in Georgia.
Thomas was shot a few minutes after 5 a.m. on July 21 in the 4100 block of 14th Street NW. A police report says he was shot in the hip and died at a hospital. Police have not released additional details.
Williams’s mother and father, reached separately on Tuesday, declined to comment on the case. They live in Decatur, Ga., outside Atlanta. It was not clear whether Williams has retained a lawyer.
Georgetown University issued a statement Tuesday saying the school “became aware of charges against Dijon Williams yesterday evening. While we are working to learn more information, we will cooperate fully with any investigation and we stand prepared to offer resources to members of our community who may be affected by this news.”
The university said Williams, a wide receiver, has been suspended from the football team under the school’s code of conduct. The university said a student who is arrested could face disciplinary action that may include suspension or dismissal from the school.
Georgetown postponed its football season in July because of the coronavirus pandemic, and only a small number of students are on campus. Williams appeared in 10 games for the Hoyas as a freshman, missed his sophomore season because of injury and played in five games as a junior.
He attended Miller Grove High School in Lithonia, Ga., about 20 miles east of Atlanta, where as a senior he was a team captain for the football team.
Williams was being held in Georgia pending extradition to the District.
Alice Crites contributed to this report.