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Charlottesville police say murder suspect armed and at large

Charlottesville police are searching for the man they say shot and killed a local father while he sat in his car shortly after taking his daughters to the park Tuesday evening.

Charlottesville resident Sidney Montcellus Stinnie is wanted for the murder of 31-year-old DeQwane Brown.

Brown was found dying in his vehicle parked near the intersection of Rosser Avenue and 12th Street in the city’s Venable neighborhood Tuesday night. Police reported he had suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Stinnie is charged with second-degree murder, using a firearm in commission of a felony and possessing a firearm as a violent felon.

It is not the first time Stinnie has been accused of shooting a man.

Charlottesville Circuit Court records show he received a 5-year sentence in 2014 after shooting and wounding a local man. He was ordered to remain on good behavior for two decades as a condition of getting 28 years of his sentence suspended.

Police say Stinnie has not lived up to that agreement.

Authorities are warning the public that Stinnie is at large and likely armed.

“Mr. Stinnie has not been taken into custody and is considered armed,” police said in a statement. “This investigation is ongoing. If you have knowledge of Sidney Stinnie’s location or any information related to the incident, please contact Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (434) 977-4000.”

The victim’s family told The Daily Progress earlier in the week that he had just dropped his 2-year-old and 6-year-old daughters off at their mother’s house Tuesday evening after taking them out to eat dinner and play at the park. They said Brown was likely eating in his car when his assailant attacked.

“We just wish we could turn back time,” Teryn Barbour, Brown’s sister, said. “I just really want justice.”

Brown’s death marked the first homicide case reported in Charlottesville in 2024.


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