Arik Adani Sims Arrested in Murder of Lamar Fonville

Metro Police officers took Arik Adani Sims into custody on suspicion of first-degree murder in the killing of 29-year-old Lamar Michael Fonville Sept. 30.

A witness told police he saw Sims, 24, talking to Fonville outside the building and they didn’t appear to be arguing, according to an arrest warrant filed for Sims. The witness said Sims, without provocation, pulled a gun from his waistband and shot Fonville multiple times. Sims then ran to a waiting vehicle and fled the scene, the witness said.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting in the 7400 block of Georgia Avenue NW at 2:29 a.m. that Sunday. They found Fonville unconscious in front of an apartment building at 7436 Georgia Ave. N.W. with a gunshot wound to his head, according to court documents.

A letter left at a memorial for Lamar Fonville. (Photo by Lloyd Wolf)

Fonville was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia, where he was pronounced dead.

A press release from the Metropolitan Police Department is below:

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating the fatal shooting which occurred in the 7400 Block of Georgia Avenue NW.

On Sunday, September 30, 2012, at approximately 2:29 am, units from the Fourth District responded to the 7400 Block of Georgia Avenue NW for the report of a shooting.  Upon arrival, they located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound.  DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived on the scene and determined that the victim had no signs consistent with life. The victim was later transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner where he was pronounced dead.

The decedent is identified as 29 year-old Lamar Michael Fonville.

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.

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