- The Washington Times - Monday, September 4, 2006

At least seven persons, including a well-known psychiatrist, were killed and five were injured in unrelated incidents during the Labor Day weekend in the D.C. area.

Montgomery County police yesterday charged a 19-year-old man in connection with the Sunday slaying of Dr. Wayne Stuart Fenton.

Dr. Fenton, 53, of Rockville, was found dead at about 5 p.m. in his office on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda.

Police said Vitali A. Davydov, of North Potomac, had an appointment with Dr. Fenton at his office about the time of the slaying.

Officers said Mr. Davydov’s father called police when he saw his son acting strangely outside the doctor’s office and with blood on his pants and shirt. After the father entered the office, he found Dr. Fenton unconscious.

Police arrested Mr. Davydov near the intersection of Luxmanor Road and Tilden Lane. He is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing today.

Dr. Fenton, who treated patients with serious mental illnesses in his private practice, also was director of the adult translational research division and associate director for clinical affairs at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda.

“It is difficult to grasp such a tragic, shocking loss,” NIMH Director Dr. Thomas R. Insel said. “It is a profound loss not only for his many friends and family and for his colleagues at NIMH, but for people with serious mental illness everywhere.”

In Prince George’s County, police said a man was fatally shot by two officers after an incident yesterday morning at a Shoppers Food Warehouse in Forestville.

Police said an employee of the store on Silver Hill Plaza called authorities at about 7 a.m. and said a man had threatened two workers with a handgun.

“The man became agitated,” said Cpl. Diane Richardson, a county police spokeswoman. “The suspect left the business and was shouting that he was going to kill them.”

Officers canvassing the area spotted the man in a wooded area several blocks from the store.

The officers shot the man after he pulled out the handgun, Cpl. Richardson said. He died on the scene.

At a Shoppers Food Warehouse on Coventry Way in Clinton late Sunday night, police said, customers in the store told an officer that someone was shooting in the parking lot.

When the officer told the man to take his hands out of his pockets, the man refused, then took a cell phone out of his pocket. The officer shot the man in the arm.

Also in Prince George’s County, an off-duty police officer accidentally shot his mother on Sunday in the 8000 block of Girard Street in Glenarden.

Police said Officer David Cheatham, a six-year veteran assigned to Patrol Services, shot his mother because he thought she was a burglar.

The woman suffered injuries to the stomach but is expected to survive.

“I spoke to our officer; he is clearly distraught. But police officers are strong people, and we expect him to get through this with our help,” said county Police Chief Melvin C. High, who was on the scene.

All four officers involved in the shootings over the holiday weekend have been placed on administrative leave.

At least one person was killed and another seriously injured after a police chase that began in Prince George’s County at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police said the chase began after a man refused to pull over for a routine traffic stop in Suitland, and the vehicle crashed just inside the D.C. border at Southern Avenue and Suitland Road.

Three persons were killed in the county in a shooting early Saturday in the 5300 block of Sheriff Road.

Officers arrived at the scene at about 1:30 a.m. and found William Middleton, 24, Marcus Woodland, 25, and John Woodland, 29, all of the 9000 block of Congress Place in Landover, with gunshot wounds.

Two of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, and the third died at an area hospital.

Police said they have no motive for the shooting.

D.C. police reported a stabbing and two separate shooting incidents since Sunday night, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported.

Police said a man was found fatally stabbed early yesterday in the 4300 block of Wheeler Road Southeast. Another man was shot at about 2 a.m. yesterday at 13th and Emerson streets Northeast, authorities said, and two men were injured in a shooting at 11:45 p.m. Sunday at Seventh and Quincy streets Northwest.

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