William Smallwood Arrested in Shooting Death of Rashard Raigns

A 22-year-old Northeast D.C. man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the shooting death of Rashard Raigns last Wednesday. The man, identified by police as William Smallwood, is suspected of felony murder while armed.

Raigns was found at approximately 2:42 a.m. on June 4 with a gunshot wound in the 1900 block of Fenwick Street Northeast. He died at the scene.

A press release from MPD is below.

Arrest Made in Homicide:
1900 Block of Fenwick Street, NE

(Washington, DC) -The Metropolitan Police Department announced today an arrest in connection with the homicide of Rashard Raigns, which occurred in the 1900 block of Fenwick Street, Northeast.

On Wednesday, June 4, 2014, at approximately 2:42 am, police officers from the Fifth Patrol District responded to a call for service to assist DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services in the 1900 block of Fenwick Street, Northeast. Upon arrival, they located an adult male lying on the sidewalk, suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel did not find any signs consistent with life. The decedent was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia, where an autopsy was performed. The cause of death was established to be a gunshot wound. The manner of death was ruled a homicide. The investigation is continuing.

The decedent is identified as 33-year-old Rashard Raigns of no fixed address.

On June 10, 2014, at approximately 1:50 pm, 22 year-old William Smallwood of Northeast, Washington, DC, was arrested by homicide detectives and charged with Felony Murder While Armed in the Murder of Rashard Reigns.

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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