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Fatal shooting in southeast ruled a homicide

Wednesday - 5/16/2012, 4:01pm  ET

WASHINGTON - The Metropolitan Police Department says a fatal shooting from last July in southeast has been ruled a homicide.

Police say the death of 43-year-old Pernell Dawkins was ruled a homicide this week. He was found suffering from a gunshot wound on July 17, 2011, in the 300 block of Ridge Road. Police say Dawkins was paralyzed as a result of the shooting and transferred to a rehabilitation center in Maryland, where he died in March.

The case was classified as a homicide after an autopsy was performed by the chief medical examiner's office in Baltimore.

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