18-Year-Old Arrested in Fatal Shooting Near Gallaudet University

Kevon Austin, 18, arrested Saturday afternoon during a traffic stop

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    D.C. police have arrested a suspect in a fatal shooting near Gallaudet University earlier this month.

    Kevon Austin, 18, was arrested Saturday afternoon during a traffic stop in the 1500 block of Eckington Place NE. At the time, he was out on bond in another case and was wearing an electronic monitoring bracelet.

    Austin has been charged with second-degree murder while armed. Police say that on Oct. 10, he shot Gregory Darnell Troxler, 21, in an alleyway in the 1100 block of 8th Street NE.

    An officer about a block away on Florida Avenue heard the shots, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. Troxler died at the scene.

    Gallaudet University, located across the street, was not connected to the shooting.

    Family members tell News4's Pat Collins that in 2008, Austin was charged with setting fire to his grandmother's house. He confined to two juvenile facilities and a group home before being released to the custody of his aunt.

    His aunt told Collins she'd tried repeatedly to get Austin to turn his life around. Police raided her home to look for Austin after a warrant was issued Friday.