Homicide in Cheverly

By now, most have likely heard about the tragedy that struck Cheverly in the early evening of Saturday July 5.

Prince George’s County, Maryland…The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit is assisting the Cheverly Police Department with the investigation of a homicide that occurred yesterday afternoon in their jurisdiction.

On July 4, 2009, at approximately 5:15 p.m., Cheverly officers responded to the 3300 block of Cheverly Avenue, Cheverly, MD for a report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers found the victim, 22 year-old Spencer Morris III, of the 3300 block of Cheverly Avenue, in front of this location with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead on scene. Investigators are working to identify the suspect(s) and establish a motive in this case.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at (301) 772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.pgpolice.org and submit a tip online. A cash reward is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspect(s).

From the Chief of Police here in Cheverly:

The suspect is believed to be a black male, 6′ 0″ tall, with a thin build and light complexion. The police believe that the original argument that lead to the shooting may have begun at the St. Ambrose basketball court and the victim was returning from that location prior to the shooting.

The police have reason to believe that some of our younger Cheverly residents may know the identity of the suspect or may have heard details about the shooting from their friends. They are strongly urging the parents of teenagers to talk to their kids about this and report any information as soon as possible to the police. You can contact Chv. PD at 301-341-1055 or email the chief at policechief@cheverly-md.gov.

At tonight’s CPACT meeting, approximately 40 town residents were in attendance to hear from the Homicide Detective from Prince George’s County and the Chief of Police about the murder.  While some details are still being fleshed out, Chief firmly believes that this suspect will be found and prosecuted.  He reinforced to residents that no one should question their safety any more than they would have last week.

This is only the second murder to take place in Cheverly in the past eight years.  While this is certainly upsetting, people should know the Cheverly Police are on the case and they won’t rest until the perpetrator is apprehended.

Many of the residents of the town have reached out to the Morris family and I know of many other efforts are underway to show our love and support for them in this time of need.  At the very least, keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

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