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Man Wanted For Killing MPD Detective Turns Himself In

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Antwan James (credit: Prince George's Police Dept.)

Antwan James (credit: Prince George’s Police Dept.)

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UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The man accused of killing his stepfather, a veteran detective with the Metropolitan Police Department, on Monday night has turned himself in to authorities, police say.

A quiet neighborhood in Upper Marlboro was rocked Monday night when Joseph Burrough Newell was shot and killed by his stepson, Antwan Rayvon James, authorities said.

Police said James, 27, a former D.C. firefighter, murdered Newell, 46, following a dispute over yard work.

Prince George’s County police spokesperson Julie Parker said just after 7 p.m. Tuesday that James turned himself in to the county police department. It ended a day-long manhunt for James, who eluded capture Monday following the murder.

Police have a warrant for his arrest that charges him with Newell’s murder.

Police said they were called to a home inside a gated community for a shooting around 8:15 p.m. Monday. Newell, a 24-year veteran officer, was found suffering from multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said a neighbor’s security system captured the murder on video and that the tape will not be released to the media.

Officials said the tape shows Newell on a ladder changing a light bulb when James shot him with a handgun. After the detective fell, James stood over his stepfather and fired multiple shots directly into his body.

“It was an execution,” Prince George’s County Assistant Police Chief Kevin Davis said at a news conference.

Parker said Newell’s service weapon was not used in the murder.

Police initially believed they had cleared the residence, but a person on the scene thought they saw movement inside the home which resulted in a lengthy barricade situation. A conflict management team was called to the home, located in the 6700 block of Green Moss Drive, before the situation ended around 3:30 a.m., according to WNEW reporter John Domen.

A search of the sprawling wooded area surrounding the house where both men lived yielded no results, police said. Shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday a number of canine units returned to the residence to perhaps re-canvass the area in the daylight.

Antwan James (credit: PGPD)

Antwan James (credit: PGPD)

Residents were stunned to awake to a large police presence Tuesday morning.

“We’re all surprised given this neighborhood,” neighbor Ricky Staton said. “It happened in a gated community. We just haven’t had this type of issue here at all.”

Newell leaves behind two teenage daughters.

Three other stepchildren — a 21-year-old man and two teens — also reside in the home.

James had been living with his stepfather since he was fired from the fire department sometime in the past 18 months, authorities said Tuesday. They had no details about what led to the firing.

Court records show James was charged last month with violating his probation on a second-degree assault charge and that he received probation before judgment in an unrelated drunken-driving case.

WNEW’s John Domen contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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