Man found dead following Hyattsville apartment fire was shot, police say

A man’s body was recovered following an apartment fire Wednesday afternoon in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Police said 56-year-old Hyattsville resident Roger Neal was the victim of homicide.

Hyattsville police responded to the 6100 block of 42nd Avenue near Oliver Street around 2:05 p.m. Wednesday to assist firefighters with directing vehicle traffic, as crews worked to battle a kitchen fire inside a 3-story garden apartment building.

Police said firefighters had responded to flames inside an apartment at that location, and once on scene, discovered Neal dead inside. He had suffered a gunshot wound, according to Prince George’s County police.

Hyattsville Police Chief Jarod Towers said investigators quickly confirmed that the man’s injuries were consistent with a homicide. The Prince George’s County Police Department was then contacted to assist with the investigation of the suspicious death.

The fire was contained to the apartment. Towers said the fire may be connected to the homicide.

Hyattsville police said Prince George’s County police will investigate the homicide, which happened in the City of Hyattsville, per policy.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Prince George’s County Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477.

Matt Small

Matt joined WTOP News at the start of 2020, after contributing to Washington’s top news outlet as an Associated Press journalist for nearly 18 years.

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