Updated April 23, 2013 at 7:30 pm. The suspect wanted for the murder of Joseph Newell has turned himself in. He is currently in custody at PGPD headquarters. PGPD will hold a press conference this evening, details to be announced shortly.
Video of news conference: PGPD Obtains Warrant for Murder of MPD Officer.
The Prince George’s County Police Department has obtained a warrant in connection with the murder of a Metropolitan Police Department officer. The suspect is identified as 27-year-old Antwan Rayvon James of the 6700 block of Green Moss Drive in Upper Marlboro. He is the stepson of the victim. The PGPD’s K-9 Section and other specialized teams are currently searching for James.
Antwan Rayvon James
The victim is identified as 46-year-old Joseph Burrough Newell. He joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 1989. He was off-duty at the time of the incident. He also lived in the home on Green Moss Drive.
On April 22, 2013, at approximately 8:00 pm, patrol officers were called to the 6700 block of Green Moss Drive for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, patrol officers found Newell suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The preliminary investigation reveals the murder stemmed from a dispute over yard work. The suspect is described as a black male, 6'0'' and 170 pounds. James was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, blue jeans and black boots. He is believed to be armed with a gun and is considered dangerous. If anyone sees James, they are asked to immediately call police and not approach the suspect.
The PGPD will hold a news conference today.
Who: Assistant Chief Kevin Davis, Prince George’s County Police Department
Assistant Chief Peter Newsham, Metropolitan Police Department
Time: 11:45 am
Where: Police Services Complex
7600 Barlowe Road
Palmer Park, MD
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), text, “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to: http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ and submit a tip online.