- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 8, 2011

A man suspected in a deadly 2009 shooting in Silver Spring has been arrested by police in Pennsylvania, Montgomery County police said Thursday.

Vincent Lloyd Minto, 39, of Landover was wanted in connection with an Aug. 30, 2009, shootout that killed 63-year-old Clarence Rankine outside his home.

Police in Reading, Penn., arrested Mr. Minto on Sept. 4 during an unrelated incident after they discovered he had an open warrant in Montgomery County for first-degree murder.

According to Montgomery County police, Rankine was killed after being shot multiple times in a shootout in the 900 block of University Boulevard East. That night, Rankine had hosted a gathering at his house. During the gathering, he got into an argument with a group of men and the argument escalated, resulting in a shootout in which at least 12 shots were fired.

Two others were injured during the shootout, including Winston Dillon, 39, of Hyattsville, who was later arrested and charged with first-degree murder, police said. Subsequently, Lonzell Smith, 38, of New Carrollton was arrested on the same charges.

Charges against both men were dropped in November 2009, according to Maryland court records, leaving Mr. Minto as the sole suspect in the case. Police declined to comment on why the charges were dropped.

Mr. Minto is awaiting an extradition hearing in Reading, Penn. after which he will be brought back to Montgomery County, police said.

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