- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 16, 2009

A D.C. police officer is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday on a charge of felony murder in connection with a Dec. 1 fatal shooting in Washington.

The Metropolitan Police Department has identified the officer as Officer Reginald Jones, a six-year veteran now working in the agency’s Narcotics and Special Investigations Division.

The agency arrested Officer Jones on Tuesday and said the incident began at about 9 p.m. when officers responded to reports of a shooting at about 9 p.m. in the the 4300 block of Fourth Street Southeast. Upon arrival they found Arvell Stewart Alston, 40, of Temple Hills and then a second victim suffering from gunshot wounds. Both were taken to a nearby hospital, where Mr. Altson died about 30 minutes later and the other victim was admitted in stable condition.

Police said the incident was originally being investigated as a car-jacking.

However, the Washington Post reports Officer Jones was serving as a lookout in his patrol car as Mr. Alston and at least one other man attempted to rob the driver of the car, which would qualify him for the felony murder charge.

Police have charged two other men with felony murder in connection with the case — Rashun Montea Parker, 27, no address, and Arvel Crawford, no age or address. The Post reports Mr. Crawford is Mr. Alston’s son and that he fatally shot his father by accident when the victim resisted the robbery attempt.

“Officer Jones and his actions are a disgrace to the uniform proudly worn by the men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department who put their lives on the line every day,” Chief Cathy L. Lanier said. “This crime is a betrayal of the community’s trust and is an insult to the fine men and women of this department. We will not allow this department to be judged by one bad apple, rather we should be judged on how we handle that bad apple. In this case, that was with a swift arrest and certain justice to come.”

Officer Jones is schedule to be arraigned in D.C. Superior Court.

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