Annapolis cab driver critical after shooting; suspect arrested

WASHINGTON — A cabdriver is in critical condition after being shot in Annapolis, Maryland, on Thursday afternoon, and the police say they arrested a suspect after he interfered in a different arrest.

The Annapolis police said in a statement that they were called to Forest Hills Drive and Bricin Street a little before 6 p.m. Thursday, where they found a Green taxicab whose driver had been shot. He was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.

The police said they were told the shooting had happened on Bens Drive. When they got there, they saw someone who they knew was wanted on a warrant for a different charge. They said they were in the process of arresting him when Davonte Johnson, 18, of Annapolis, tried to push past officers and interfere with the arrest.

They said they told Johnson to back off, and when he didn’t, he was arrested. As the investigation continued, police identified Johnson as the shooter and charged him with attempted first-degree murder and 12 other charges related to the shooting, as well as obstructing and hindering related to the arrest of the other man. He’s being held without bond.

The police said it appeared Johnson tried to rob the cabdriver before the shooting. They added that they didn’t know yet about any connection between Johnson and the other man being arrested, or the other man and the cabdriver.

“This police department and community will continue to be intolerant of this senseless violence,” said Police Chief Mike Pristoop. “Our officers made an immediate arrest with neighborhood cooperation, and will work with the State’s Attorney’s Office toward a successful prosecution.”

If you know anything about the shooting, the police ask you to call Detective John Murphy at 410-260-3439 or email him at You can also provide information anonymously by calling Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland at 1-866-756-2587 (7LOCKUP).

Rick Massimo

Rick Massimo came to WTOP, and to Washington, in 2013 after having lived in Providence, R.I., since he was a child. He's the author of "A Walking Tour of the Georgetown Set" and "I Got a Song: A History of the Newport Folk Festival."

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