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Woman fatally shot in domestic dispute in Northeast, D.C., suspect arrested after short barricade

By Chrisleen Herard,
Special to the AFRO

A woman was found with fatal gunshot wounds in front of an apartment building in Northeast, D.C.on Sept. 9.

Authorities from the First District Metropolitan Police Department responded to a call regarding a shooting in the 1200 block of Duncan Place at around 3:13 p.m. on Sept. 9.

When they arrived at the scene, they discovered 21-year-old Jordan Coates suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Coates was transported by D.C. Fire and EMS to a nearby hospital, where she was later pronounced dead. 

While officers were investigating the incident, 24-year-old Damion Brown barricaded himself inside the apartment building where Coates was found injured. Brown surrendered shortly after and was arrested and charged with second-degree murder while armed. 

Upon further investigation, police determined that the shooting was likely the outcome of a domestic dispute between the victim and the suspect, who were either in a past or current relationship. 

According to the 2022 annual report from the D.C. Domestic Violence Fatality Review Board, there were 20 fatalities resulting from domestic violence disputes in 2021, an increase from the 18 victims recorded in the previous year. 

Homicides in D.C. are now on track to exceed 200 deaths for the third consecutive year, with 190 homicides currently reported. This indicates a 28 percent increase in deaths compared to the same time last year. The number of assaults involving a dangerous weapon has also increased by 3 percent, reaching 1,033 cases.