Police Investigates Fatal Shooting in Berwyn

Detectives are working to determine the circumstances that led to a fatal shooting yesterday evening in College Park. The decedent is 28-year-old Christopher Ryan Harrison of Camp Springs. Preliminarily, detectives do not believe this was a random shooting.

According to police, on October 1st, at approximately 5:10 pm, patrol officers responded to the 4800 block of Berwyn House Road for a shooting. The decedent was located in a parking lot suffering from gunshot wounds. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call the Homicide Unit at 301-516-2512. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), or go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device.) Please refer to case number 20-0045768.

Council Appoints Members to City’s Advisory Boards

Back in November 2019. The City Council decided to set consistent membership terms and appoint or reappoint all members to advisory boards at one time and appoint or reappoint all members to advisory boards at one time. The City solicited applications for board vacancies and the Mayor and Council twice extended the application period to gain additional applicants and allow more time to consider appointments.

At last Tuesday’s meeting, the City Council reviewed the applications and made the appointments at this week’s meeting.

Regarding the initial term lengths, the Council resolution states: “Reappointment to a one (1), two (2), or three (3) year
term shall be based on a lottery system whereby one-third of a board or committee’s existing membership anticipated on June 30, 2020 would be reappointed for a 3-year, 2-year, and 1-year term.”

Thereafter, all terms will be for three years, thus providing staggered terms. The question has arisen, and staff seeks clarity and guidance, on how to assign these initial 1-, 2- or 3-year terms. (a) Everyone on the roster is randomly assigned a 1-, 2- or 3-year term (regardless of whether they are new or returning). (b) Reappoint a board’s returning membership to a 3-year, 2-year, and 1-year term. Newly appointed members get 3-year terms. Council will select one of these options.

Thank you all who stepped up to serve the City and its residents.