Prince George’s County Police Homicide Unit detectives, in collaboration with the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office, have determined the double shooting in Riverdale on Friday is the result of a homicide and a justified homicide.
On October 26th, at approximately 4:30 pm, patrol officers were called to the 5000 block of Eastpine Drive after residents reported hearing gunfire. Once on scene, the officers discovered two men suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were pronounced dead on the scene. The deceased suspect is 34-year-old Michael Gerard Bryant of the 5000 block of Eastpine Drive. He shot and killed 22-year-old Richard Arawole of 64th Place in Riverdale.
The investigation reveals Bryant confronted Arawole and Arawole’s 23 year-old brother who were standing outside of a neighbor’s home on Eastpine Drive. Bryant pulled out a gun and shot Richard Arawole. Arawole’s brother then returned fire in defense of Richard Arawole and other citizens at that location and fatally struck Bryant. Investigators learned that Bryant and the two brothers were involved in an on-going dispute.
Detectives consulted with the State’s Attorney’s office and it was determined that the brother’s actions were justified and he will not be charged in connection with the fatal shooting.
If anyone has information relevant to this investigation, they are asked to please call detectives 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.)