PGPD ask for help in 2005 cold case

SUITLAND, MD. -- The Prince George's County Police Department (PGPD) is asking for the public's help in solving a cold case murder that happened in Suitland, Md. 2005.

The victim was Terrill Davis, 24, of Suitland, Md.

Terrill Davis (L), 24, and a sketch of the suspect in his murder.

The murder happened shortly after midnight on August 19, 2005 as Davis and his girlfriend were returning to his apartment in the 4200 block of Suitland Rd. After parking the car, his girlfriend walked ahead of Davis and as she entered the building's vestibule, she noticed a man standing there.

"She spoke to him, said hello. He didn’t acknowledge her, so she kept walking, going toward the steps," said Sgt. Gregory McDonald with the PGPD Cold Case Unit. "As soon as Terrill Davis entered the building, the suspect turned and started shooting him multiple times. She fled out of the building, hid in the bushes."

McDonald said the shooter chased after Davis' girlfriend and fired several shots at her, but missed.

"The suspect then returned to the victim where he shot him multiple more times and then fled the area on foot," added McDonald. He said police have never been able to figure a definitive reason why someone would want to kill Davis as he just was a regular person and not involved in any criminal activity. "It’s a working theory that it could be a mistaken identity, but we’re not positive."

McDonald said that all leads in this case have come from witnesses as there were no security cameras installed at the complex in 2005. But he added that Davis' girlfriend was able to help detectives develop a composite sketch of the shooter.

He said the suspect has a distinctive scar on his right cheek. McDonald added that police need the community's help to figure out who the suspect is, but said that someone always knows something.

"It just takes that one person to make that phone call to police and provide us the information, we will take it from there," added McDonald.

Anyone with information about this case can anonymously call Prince George's County Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). You can also text tips in by texting "PGPD" plus your message to CRIMES (274637).

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