Duane Lamar Williams

Washington, D.C. resident Duane Lamar Williams was sentenced to 50 years in prison on Dec. 11 after being found guilty of second-degree murder and other related charges for a February 2013 incident. On that day, according to Prince George’s County State Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, Williams, 36, approached 27-year-old Eric Eugene Walker at a gas station at the intersection of Branch Avenue and Colebrook Drive, while Williams was under the influence of phencyclidine (PCP).

According to witnesses, Williams was showing signs of paranoia while riding in a car driven by the mother of his children. Williams got out of the car and wandered off into the night, which is when he ran into Walker at the gas station.

Walker, resident of the 4200 block of Sheldon Ave., Baltimore, was pumping gas when Williams approached him and showed him a gun.  Walker tried to get away by running across Branch Avenue, but Williams followed and fired multiple shots at him. Williams then chased and tackled Walker in the intersection of Branch Avenue and Colebrook Drive, where he shot and killed him.

An off-duty D.C. police officer witnessed the murder as he sat in a nearby car.  Williams tried to shoot the officer as he attempted to arrest him. Williams got away, but was quickly located.  He was tasered multiple times by police, because he refused to go down easily.

“Mr. Williams was in the midst of some very difficult life challenges at the time of this incident, causing mental health issues,” Alsobrooks said in a news release.  “However, there are countless resources available to those suffering from anxiety and depression throughout the region, but instead, Mr. Williams chose to self-medicate by smoking several PCP-laced cigarettes, and then murdered an innocent man. I am pleased that he will be off our streets for a long time.”