Crime Watch

CRIME WATCH

December 07, 2006

Suitland pastor fatally shot outside church

SUITLAND -- A 50-year-old minister was fatally shot yesterday morning outside his church, which includes a private transitional home for poor families, Prince George's County police reported.

The Rev. Milton L. Moore was shot in the upper body about 7 a.m. outside the entrance of his Warriors for Christ Ministries and died in the afternoon, police said.

Police had made no arrests and had no suspects last night.

"We don't know at this point what the motive is," said Cpl. Diane Richardson, a police spokeswoman.

People inside the building told police that they heard arguing outside before the shooting.

The transitional home, which opened in the late 1990s, can house up to 20 families. Advocates for the homeless in Prince George's said it is an important part of the county's social safety net and helps people stay off the streets until they can find more permanent shelter.

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Sheriff's cruiser set ablaze

The marked police cruiser of an off-duty Harford County sheriff's deputy was set ablaze yesterday morning outside a Southeast Baltimore home, city police said.

The deputy parked the cruiser on Parnell Avenue shortly after midnight. About 5:30 a.m., a neighbor awoke after hearing the vehicle's car alarm and saw the car on fire, police said. Police investigators determined that it was arson, according to Lt. Tim Devine, of the Southeastern District.

Damage to the 2000 Ford Crown Victoria was estimated at $5,000 to the vehicle and $5,000 to its contents.

A sheriff's office spokesman said the cruiser belonged to a deputy who joined the agency in 2004 and was assigned to the county's southern precinct. Both agencies declined to release the deputy's name.

Justin Fenton and Gus G. Sentementes

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