PGPD Suspect in Custody in September Fatal Shooting in Suitland


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Prince George’s County Police Homicide Unit detectives identified and charged a suspect in connection with a fatal shooting in Suitland in September. The suspect is 46-year-old Christopher Cross of Washington, DC. He is charged with fatally shooting 48-year-old Brian Akinfe of Temple Hills.

On September 2, 2023, at approximately 7:40 pm, patrol officers responded to Branch Avenue and St. Barnabas Road for the report of a crash involving a motorcycle. Officers located the victim in the roadway unresponsive near his motorcycle. While administering aid, first responders observed the victim was suffering from gunshot wounds. He was taken to a hospital where he died of his injuries on September 12, 2023.

The preliminary investigation revealed Cross and Akinfe were known to each other and were involved in an ongoing dispute.

Cross is charged with first and second degree murder and related charges. He is in custody in Washington, DC, pending extradition to Prince George’s County.

If anyone has information relevant to this investigation and would like to speak to a Homicide Unit detective, they are asked to please call 301-516-2512.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers online at, the “P3 Tips” mobile app (search “P3 Tips” in the Apple Store or Google Play to download the app onto your mobile device), or call 1-866-411-TIPS (8477). You can remain anonymous. Please refer to case number 23-0051907.

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