FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 21, 2019
Frederick Police Make Three Arrests for Shots Fired Incident
FREDERICK, MD – At about 5:58 p.m. on June 20, 2019, the Frederick Police Department received reports of a firearm's discharge in the 1400 block of Taney Avenue. Officers that arrived at the scene located several witnesses and several vehicles that had been struck by bullets. Officers also located a second scene where gunfire had recently occurred, at the south end of the Frederick Shopping Center at 1305 West Seventh Street. Officers, detectives, and crime scene technicians worked together to conduct witness interviews and to search for and collect evidence in the area.
Witnesses described a vehicle that left the area prior to police arrival. The car was believed to have been occupied by several males who were involved in the incident. Plainclothes detectives were able to locate this suspect vehicle in another area of the City off of Ballenger Creek Pike, and conducted surveillance of it. A registration check of the license plate revealed that the car had been recently reported as stolen. During surveillance, detectives observed several males in the vicinity of the car. One of the males, identified as Robert Antoine Shirley, 19, of Frederick, ran from officers but was apprehended after a foot chase. Evidence recovered from Shirley, as well as witness accounts, linked him to the stolen vehicle. He was arrested for motor vehicle theft.
About an hour after the initial call, the staff at Frederick Memorial Hospital called the Frederick Police Department to report that a juvenile male victim had arrived at the emergency department with a gunshot wound to his lower leg. Detectives arrived at the hospital to investigate how he had been shot. Detectives determined that the juvenile male had been shot during the incident near Taney Avenue and West Seventh Street.
Through the preliminary investigation, detectives were able to identify several persons involved in the shots fired incident. Officers located, arrested and charged three persons with the following crimes:
• Robert Antoine Shirley, 19, of Frederick – charged with 1st Degree Assault, Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Assault, Motor Vehicle/Unlawful Taking;
• Kion B. Parker, 16, of Frederick – charged as an adult with 1st Degree Assault, Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Assault;
• Curtis Byon Smith, 17, of Frederick – charged as an adult with 1st Degree Assault, Conspiracy to Commit 1st Degree Assault.
The arrestees are currently at Frederick County Adult Detention Center awaiting a bond hearing. Detectives believe several others are directly involved in this incident. Detectives will continue to investigate and determine if there is evidence to identify and charge other suspects.
The Frederick Police Department is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Matt Irons at 240-674-8942. Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact the department by voicemail at 301-600-TIPS (8477), text message at 240-674-TIPS (8477), or by email email@example.com.
Case Number: 2019-050652
Investigator: Detective Matt Irons – 240-674-8942
Author / Public Information Contact: Lt. Kirk Henneberry – 301-600-6217