Maryland

UPDATE: Suspect arrested in Princess Anne homicide

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - Maryland State Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of a man that happened on Sunday, in Somerset County.

Troopers say that 33-year-old Donte Sumpter of Princess Anne, is charged with first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony. Sumpter is accused of fatally shooting 31-year-old Arthur Alford of Salisbury.

Sumpter was taken to the Somerset County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing. Shortly after 3:00 PM on Sunday, Maryland State troopers from the Princess Anne Barrack responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting in the 11000 block of Freetown Road in Princess Anne. While troopers were on their way, emergency medical units arrived and found the victim, who had sustained obvious trauma, lying on the ground in the residential community.

The victim was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead. The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is investigating.

State Police crime scene technicians processed the scene for evidence throughout the afternoon and evening on Sunday. Officers from the Princess Anne Police Department and deputies from the Somerset County Sheriff's Office provided help.

Investigators say that troopers found a long barrel .22 semi-automatic handgun, which is believed to be the murder weapon. Troopers also reportedly found a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis, which is believed to be where Alford was shot.

Anyone who may have been in the area of the 11000 block of Freetown Road at about 3:00 PM Sunday, or who may have other information about this crime, is urged to call Maryland State Police at the Princess Anne Barrack at 443-260-3700. Callers can remain anonymous.


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