D.C. man pleads guilty to killing cab driver in Adams Morgan

A District of Columbia man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a taxi driver and a shoot-out with police in a wild attempt to avoid capture.

During the early morning hours last June, officers on patrol in Adams Morgan heard a gunshot. A taxicab SUV sped by and crashed into a parked car around Kalorama and Ontario NW.

Taxi cab driver Solomon James Okoroh was killed by passengers in Adams Morgan.

Taxi cab driver Solomon James Okoroh was killed by passengers in Adams Morgan.

As the taxicab passed by the police vehicle, the officers saw a muzzle flash and heard the sound of a second gunshot from inside the taxi.

Two men jumped out of the taxi and fled on foot. One of the men was quickly captured.

Thirty-two-year-old Ercell D. Overton appeared from behind the police vehicle and pointed a pistol at an office behind the wheel.  That officer exited the vehicle and took cover.

Overton then ran behind the fence line of a house in the 2300 block of Ontario Road NW and fired his weapon in the direction of the police officers, who returned fire.

Overton then forced his way into a basement apartment to hide. D.C. police officers, with a K-9 dog, kicked open the door, entered the apartment and quickly captured Overton. They also recovered a semi-automatic pistol.

The taxi driver, Solomon J. Okoroh, 57, of Glenarden, suffered two fatal gunshot wounds to his back. He was taken to a hospital, where he died about two hours after the shooting.

Before his death, he provided detectives a physical description of his assailant, which matched that of Overton.

Okoroh, who was from Lanham, had worked for Classic Cab Company for 15 years.

Okoroh left behind a wife and five children, including a 20-year-old son, Prince Okoroh, a basketball player for Howard University.

Overton pleaded to second-degree murder while armed and felony assault on a police officer. The plea agreement, which will need the judge’s approval, calls for a prison sentence of 25 years to 28 years.

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