Breaking News UPDATE: Hyattsville Police respond to homicide in Arts District

Police blocked the intersection of Jefferson St. and 45th Ave., in front of the main entrance to the Palette Apartments at 5501 45th Ave. Photo by Chris Currie

BY CHRIS CURRIE & LINDSAY MYERS — Update at 2:30 p.m. On June 23 at 10 a.m., Hyattsville City Police Department (HCPD) officers responded to the 5500 block of 45th Avenue for the sound of gun shots, according to a statement released by HCPD. Upon arrival, officers found a male lying in an apartment building hallway suffering from multiple gun shots wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A short time later, Riverdale Park Police Officers responded to the 5700 block of 48th Avenue for a report of an unresponsive male. Upon arrival, officers found a male on the ground suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was also pronounced dead.

UPDATE #2: The Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) was called to investigate the incident and will be handling the homicide investigations. PGPD is treating this as a domestic related incident and are not looking for any more suspects. According to PGPD, the Homicide Unit is investigating the incident as a murder/suicide. The victim is 29-year-old Delonta Surratt of 45th Avenue in Hyattsville. The decedent is 20-year-old Jabari Ball also of 45th Avenue in Hyattsville.

PGPD says the preliminary investigation revealed the victim and decedent were involved in an argument, at which time Ball shot and killed Surratt. The decedent then fled the scene and was discovered a short time later with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The victim was involved in a relationship with the decedent’s mother.

This is the first homicide of 2017 in Hyattsville.

Anyone with information is asked to call the PGPD’s 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 www.pgcrimesolvers.com and submit a tip online.

Hyattsville Police investigate a June 23 shooting at Palette Apartments in Arts District Hyattsville,  Photo by Chris Currie