Arrest Made in District Heights Homicide

A man fatally shot another man for attempting to steal his SUV

Prince George's County police have arrested a man they said shot and killed the owner of a car he was stealing.

The department said in a news release that Diartianan Rivers, 27, has been charged with first- and second-degree murder in the slaying of Thomas Barnes, 52, of District Heights.

Officers said early Saturday, Barnes ran out of his home when he heard his SUV being started. Police said Barnes confronted Rivers, who was stealing the car. Authorities said Rivers shot Barnes and drove away in the SUV.

Barnes died at hospital.

County police saw officers with Metropolitan police in Washington saw the stolen SUV and pursued it back into Prince George's County, where it crashed.

Rivers was arrested and is being held without bond.

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