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District Man Pleads Guilty to Shooting at Man Outside Southeast Washington Carry-Out Restaurant

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Columbia
Victim's Sweatshirt Was Grazed by One of the Bullets

            WASHINGTON - Tyarn Thompson, 36, of Washington, D.C., has pled guilty to charges stemming from a shooting that took place in broad daylight last spring outside a Southeast Washington carry-out restaurant, U.S. Attorney Channing D. Phillips announced today.

            Thompson pled guilty on Sept. 7, 2016, in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, to one count of assault with intent to kill. The plea, which is contingent upon the Court’s approval, calls for a prison term of four to six years. The Honorable Florence Pan scheduled sentencing for Nov. 18, 2016.

            According to the government’s evidence, on May 12, 2016, at approximately 11:40 a.m., Thompson encountered the victim at a carry-out restaurant in the 2900 block of Naylor Road SE.  Thompson then confronted the victim regarding a fight they had earlier in the week over the victim’s girlfriend.  As the victim was leaving the restaurant, Thompson approached him, brandished a gun, and fired several shots at him as the victim tried to run away. The victim stumbled and fell and Thompson fired additional shots.  The victim’s sweatshirt was grazed by one of the bullets Thompson fired.  Thompson then fled the scene before officers arrived.

            Officers with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) identified Thompson as the shooter and an arrest warrant was issued on May 13, 2016.  Thompson has been in custody since his arrest on June 6, 2016. As part of his plea, Thompson admitted to shooting at the victim and placing a call the day beforehand informing a witness that he intended to kill the victim.

            In announcing the plea, U.S. Attorney Phillips commended the work of those who investigated the case from the Metropolitan Police Department. He also expressed appreciation for the efforts of those who worked on the case from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including Victim/Witness Advocates Elsa Maltese and Lu Lan; Supervisor Security Specialist Michael Hailey; and Paralegal Specialist Tiffany Jones.  Finally, he acknowledged the efforts of Assistant U.S. Attorney Sumit Mallick, who investigated and prosecuted the case.

Updated September 8, 2016

Firearms Offenses
Press Release Number: 16-161