By Peter Hermann
10:43 AM EDT, May 24, 2012
A 35-year-old man was shot and killed Wednesday night after Baltimore police said several men forced their way inside his Waverly home and fought with the victim before shooting him in the head in his upstairs bedroom.
The victim’s teenage daughter was home at the time, according to a Police Department spokesman, and called 911 after the assailants left. The victim was identified as Tavon Frederick, who had lived in the 3300 block of Westerwald Ave. in North Baltimore, one block west of the old Memorial Stadium.
Police said the attack does not appear to be random. Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that shortly before 9 p.m., several men forced open a back kitchen door and fought with Frederick. Police described evidence of a struggle throughout the house, with broken furniture and items strewn about.
The fight apparently ended in the victim’s upstairs bedroom, where police said he was shot in the head. The daughter called 911 to report someone discharging a firearm, and when officers arrived she told them her father was dead, police said. Frederick was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:01 p.m.
Homicide detectives were still at the house Thursday morning awaiting a search warrant to continue their investigation, Guglielmi said. Investigators have not determined a motive, but Guglielmi said officers noted “a strong odor of marijuana” inside the house.
Frederick pleaded guilty to distributing drugs in Baltimore Circuit Court in 1997 and was given a three year suspended sentence, and put on three years probation, according to electronic court records. He was convicted of drug possession in 2002, and sentenced to a year in prison, which also was suspended.
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