Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

June 21, 2006

City police witness fatal shooting of man

A 23-year-old man was killed Monday night in a Southwest Baltimore shooting that police said was witnessed by four officers on patrol in the neighborhood.

Police said the gunman was caught after a foot chase.

The victim, identified as Ryan Cornell Mills of the 300 block of Gwynn Ave., was shot several times about 8:30 p.m. as he stood on a porch in the 300 block of Denison St.

Four Southwestern District patrol officers in the area heard several gunshots from the southern end of the block, responded, saw Mills on the porch and the gunman firing, police said. The gunman turned, saw the officers and ran, police said.

Arrested was Devren Dashazo, 20, of the 200 block of S. Collins Ave., who was charged with first-degree murder and related offenses, police said.

Police said a gun thrown into a bush by the fleeing man was recovered.

Mills was pronounced dead at St. Agnes Hospital at 9:21 p.m., police said.

Chris Yakaitis

Two convicted in shooting

Two Baltimore men were convicted yesterday by a city Circuit Court jury of the shooting of three men - one of them fatally - last June, the city state's attorney's office announced.

Joseph Omar Smith, 24, of the 2400 block of Lakeview Ave. was convicted of second-degree murder in the killing of Lawrence Johnson and attempted second-degree murder in the shootings of Ryan McCutcheon and Jeremy Drake, said Margaret T. Burns, spokeswoman for the state's attorney's office.

Cyrus Lee Beads, 20, of the 3800 block of Cottage Ave. was convicted of two counts of attempted second-degree murder, conspiracy and illegal possession of a handgun, Burns said.

Police found Johnson, McCutcheon and Drake suffering from gunshot wounds in the 3800 block of Roland View Ave. on June 7, 2005. Witnesses told police that Smith and Beads shot the three men from across the street. Sentencing was scheduled for Aug. 29.

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