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Updated: Arrest Made in Somerset County Homicide

Posted: 09/24/2017 21:18:00 -04:00 Updated:
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PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Maryland State Police have arrested a suspect accused of shooting and killing a man Sunday afternoon in Somerset County.

Donte Sylvian Sumpter, 33, of Princess Anne, is charged with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Sumpter is accused of shooting and killing Arthur Terrell Alford, 31, of Salisbury. Sumpter was taken to the Somerset County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing.

Police said that shortly after 3 p.m. Sunday, troopers from the Princess Anne Barrack responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting in the 11000 block of Freetown Road, in Princess Anne. While troopers were en route,
emergency medical services units arrived and found Alford, who had sustained obvious trauma, lying on the ground in the residential community.

Alford was transported to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury where he was later pronounced dead.

The MSP Homicide Unit responded to the scene and is conducting the
investigation. State police crime scene technicians processed the scene for evidence throughout the afternoon and evening on Sunday. Officers from the Princess Anne Police Department and deputies from the Somerset County Sheriff's Office provided assistance.

During the course of the investigation, troopers recovered a long barrel .22 semiautomatic handgun, which police said is believed to be the murder weapon. Troopers also seized a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis, which is believed where Alford was shot, as part of their investigation. 

Anyone who may have been in the area of the 11000 block of Freetown Road at about 3 p.m. Sunday, or who may have other information about this crime, is urged to contact Maryland State Police at the Princess Anne Barrack at 443-260-3700. Callers may remain anonymous.

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