POCOMOKE CITY, Md. - Police say that a suspect was arrested early Friday morning who was wanted in connection with the murder last night of a man in Worcester County.
The victim is identified as 23-year-old Deontre Bailey of Pocomoke City. He was reportedly pronounced dead on Thursday night after being transported from the scene to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center.
The suspect is identified as 26-year-old Darryl Wise of Pocomoke. After discussion with the Worcester County State's Attorney's office, state police investigators obtained an arrest warrant charging Wise with first degree murder, second degree murder, reckless endangerment, first degree assault, second degree assault and handgun violations.
Just after 10p.m on Thursday, the Pocomoke City Police Department received an emergency call reporting that a person was lying in the street in front of a home on Fourth Street. Responding police officers found the victim, who had a gunshot wound to his torso. The victim was then taken to the hospital.
Police Chief William Harden contacted Maryland State Police and asked for the homicide unit to continue the investigation. Investigators along with crime scene technicians responded.
Troopers were assisted by investigators from the State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, the Maryland State Apprehension Team, the Worcester Criminal Enforcement Team, the Worcester County Bureau of Investigation, the Pocomoke City Police Department, the Worcester County Sheriff's office and state troopers from the Berlin Barrack.
The preliminary investigation found that Wise reportedly came to the home on Fourth Street shortly before 10:00 p.m, on Thursday night. Wise was talking with a resident there on the front porch, when several individuals, including the victim, also allegedly came to the home and stood on the porch.
Witnesses told investigators that one of the men, later identified as the Bailey threw a bottle at Wise and struck him in the upper torso. An argument happened that ultimately resulted in Wise shooting Bailey with a handgun. Wise then reportedly fled the scene on foot. A motive is unknown at this time.
After getting the arrest warrant, investigators called in the Maryland State Apprehension Team was to search for the suspect. The fugitive search team reportedly found Wise shortly before 6:30 a.m. On Friday morning and arrested him without incident.
He will be processed and taken before a court commissioner for an initial appearance later on Friday morning. Police say the investigation is continuing.
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