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Police: Md. cab driver shot over 75 cent disagreement

Monday - 10/24/2011, 10:40pm  ET

Dick Uliano, wtop.com

WASHINGTON - A Prince George's County cab driver was shot and killed Saturday in Northeast D.C. after an argument over a 75 cent difference in cab fare.

Police charging documents indicate that 40-year-old cab Domingo Ezirike was shot after a 30-minute ride, angry words and a chance encounter with police.

D.C. Police had stopped Ezirike's cab in a safety check in the 4500 block of Quarles Street NE in the early morning hours. Leaning in, a detective told Ezirike to buckle his seat belt.

In the backseat, according to police, sat 20-year-old Rashad Slye, who Ezirke had picked up at the Morgan Boulevard Metro station in Landover.

According to police, during the trip from Landover to Ponds Street NE, Slye had argued with Ezirike -- demanding he turn on the cab's heater and radio. Later, police say, the argument escalated over the fare -- a difference of 75 cents.

Slye is accused of killing the cab driver with a single gunshot.

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