Police release suspect in Northeast D.C. homicide, say killing was self-defense

The man arrested for Wednesday’s fatal shooting in the District’s Trinidad neighborhood was acting in self-defense, and charges against him have been dropped, D.C. police said Thursday.

Few details were immediately available about the circumstances of the shooting, in which both men were struck by gunfire. But police in a statement said the investigation showed the 43-year-old Northeast D.C. man who was initially charged with second-degree murder “may have been acting in self defense.”

The man killed was identified as Thomas Terrell Jamison, 35, of Southeast. He was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest around 7:40 a.m. Wednesday in the 1200 block of Raum Street Northeast and died after being taken to a hospital.

A second man was found with a gunshot wound to the leg about a block away in the 1200 block of Simms Place Northeast. He was charged with second-degree murder, but police dropped the charges Thursday and released him from custody after further investigation, Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Officer Tisha Gant said.

A police official said Thursday that investigators retrieved video from a surveillance camera and that investigators are continuing to examine the case.

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