RPD chief apologizes after releasing wrong photo of homicide suspect

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham is apologizing after his department “inadvertently” identified the wrong teenager as the suspect in a recent homicide in the city.

Last Friday, officers found 17-year-old George M. Carrington, III laying dead outside of an overturned vehicle in the city’s Providence Park neighborhood. Police he was suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.


In the original released issued by RPD, the name of the suspect — Ishmael Brown — was correct, although the photographs were of another person, Durham said on Tuesday.

Durham’s entire statement is below:

“I have spoken to the family of the young man whose photographs were inadvertently released yesterday, identifying him as the suspect in the murder last Friday of George Carrington, III. While the name of the suspect – Ishmael Brown – was correct in the release, the photographs were of another person. I have personally apologized to the family for what happened. It should never have occurred. After meeting with my detectives, I have concluded it was an honest mistake. New measures are now in place to prevent this from happening in the future. All photographs will be more closely vetted before they are released the public. “

“Meanwhile, we still need the community’s help to locate the suspect, Ishmael Brown. Investigators have been working on this case around-the-clock to bring closure to the victim’s family. Their ultimate goal, to solve this crime, remains unchanged.”

Detectives are still asking for the public’s help locating 17-year-old Ishmael Smith of Richmond, whose photo is shown below.

17-year-old Ishmael Smith of Richmond is wanted in connection to a recent homicide in Providence Park.
17-year-old Ishmael Smith of Richmond is wanted in connection to a recent homicide in Providence Park.

Prior to finding Carrington’s body in the 600 block of Milton Street at approximately 5:39 p.m. Friday evening, officers were in the area for an unrelated incident and heard a loud crash.

After responding to the scene, they found overturned white Buick sedan. Police said the 17-year-old victim, of Chimborazo Boulevard, was located outside of the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Brown is described by police as a 6-foot-tall, 150-pound black male with black hair and brown eyes. He is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.  Anyone who sees him is asked to call police immediately.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Major Crimes Detective Greg Russell at (804) 646-7715 or contact Crime Stoppers at 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. Submit tips to GUN250 about persons illegally possessing guns by texting Crime Stoppers at 274637, then using keyword “GUN250” followed by your tip. Rewards up to $250. Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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