Thursday, January 31, 2019

Detectives Investigate Double Fatal Shooting in The Town of Bladensburg

Updated March 14, 2019: The investigation into this double shooting has concluded. The investigation revealed that the two decedents, Jonathan Contreras and Varney Batener Jr., arranged to meet on January 30th to conduct an illegal drug transaction. During that encounter, an argument broke out. Both of the decedents pulled out guns and shot each other inside of a car. They both later died of their injuries.

Detectives are investigating a double fatal shooting that occurred Wednesday evening in the town of Bladensburg. The victims are 23-year-old Jonathan Contreras of Quick Silver Court in Bowie and 24-year-old Varney Batener Jr. of Donovan Street in Hyattsville.

On January 30th, at approximately 5:05 pm, patrol officers along with Town of Bladensburg officers were called to the 5000 block of 57th Avenue for a shooting. They discovered Contreras and Batener Jr. outside suffering from gunshot wounds. They were taken to a hospital where they both died a short time later.

Detectives are working to establish a suspect(s) and motive at this time.

Anyone with information about this case 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), text, “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to and submit a tip online.

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