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Police arrest four men for 2010 shooting now ruled homicide

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Published on: Thursday, November 15, 2012

By Jim Davis

Four men were arrested for a 2010 shooting in District Heights that has now been ruled a homicide, according to Prince George’s County homicide detectives.

On Nov. 22, 2010, Prince George’s County police officers responded to the 2100 block of Brooks Drive for a reported shooting. Upon arrival, officers located Melvin Pate, 29, of Washington, D.C., suffering from gunshot wounds to his upper body.

Pate was quickly transported by a Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department medic unit to a local trauma center. Nearly two years later, on Nov. 8, Pate died due to complications related to the gunshot wound. The manner of death has since been ruled a homicide.

On Tuesday, police officers arrested Jermaine Hailes, 22, of the District, and Ciree Petty, 21 of Capitol Heights. On Wednesday, police officers arrested Ramel Sanders, 22, of Clinton, and Mark Anderson, 22, of Waldorf. The four suspects have been charged with first- and second-degree murder and related charges.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division/Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Callers can remain anonymous by calling Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477).  You may also text “PGPD plus your tip” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone.


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