Police arrested a 22-year-old man Tuesday in the shooting death of a Kentucky teacher who was in Washington, DC, for professional development training.
Metropolitan Police Department officials said in a news release that 25-year-old Maxwell Emerson was shot and killed by 22-year-old Jaime Maceo, also known as Jaime Macedo, of Northwest DC. He was charged with first degree murder while armed.
Emerson, a social studies teacher and wrestling coach at Oldham County High School, was in Washington, DC, for professional development training. The fatal shooting occurred on July 5 as he walked on the campus of Catholic University.
Washington, DC police initially said they believed Emerson and the suspect knew each other because they were walking together. But Emerson’s family told The Washington Post and WAVE in Louisville he didn’t know anyone in the area and had texted his mother, who was traveling with him, that he had been robbed at gunpoint. a weapon and needed help.
Police had released photos of the suspect and thanked the public for the advice that led to the arrest.
The Washington Post reported that DC police arrested Maceo during a traffic stop in 2019 and charged him with having an illegal firearm after finding a .40 caliber Glock loaded with 15 hollow point bullets. hidden under a sweater. Maceo pleaded guilty to carrying a firearm without a license and was sentenced to probation, with a one-year suspended sentence. Records show he violated the terms of his release and in 2020 he was sentenced to six months in prison, the Washington Post said.
After his release, he continued to violate his release conditions, the newspaper reported, and a hearing into those violations is scheduled for July 18.