Charles County Sheriff's Office

Homicide on Mall Circle/Suspect Charged

On October 26 at 8 p.m., officers responded to the 11100 block of Mall Circle for the report of a shooting. A preliminary investigation showed the victim, Reuel Hicks, 18, of Waldorf, was with several friends walking behind a movie theater when he stopped and spoke with the suspect. During their conversation, the suspect suddenly produced a handgun and shot the victim. The suspect fled on foot, and the victim was flown to a hospital where he later died. Officers arrived on the scene within minutes and obtained a description of the suspect. Pfc. R. Gass located a suspect nearby and detained him. Through further investigation, the suspect was positively linked to the shooting. It appears the victim and suspect are acquaintances and were making a drug transaction when the shooting occurred. Deavan Quindel Jefferson, 19, of no fixed address, is being held at the Charles County Detention Center . Det. J. Austin is investigating.

Deavan Jefferson

Deavan Jefferson

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