Homicide Unit detectives identified and charged a man in connection with a fatal shooting in Lanham in August of 2017. The suspect is 26-year-old Benson Thorne of the 6800 block of Georgia Avenue in Northwest Washington. He is charged with fatally shooting 24-year-old Troy Foster of Valley Terrace in Southeast Washington.
On August 11, 2017, at approximately 9:15 am, patrol officers were called to the 7000 block of Palamar Turn in Lanham for a welfare check. When they arrived, officers discovered Foster lying on a footpath in a wooded area with gunshot wounds to the body. Foster was pronounced dead on the scene.
The preliminary investigation reveals Thorne shot Foster during an attempted robbery. The suspect and victim were acquaintances.
Thorne is charged with first and second-degree murder and other related charges. He’s currently in custody of the Department of Corrections on a no-bond status.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.)