Mocobizscene- Following a shooting in Charles County in May that claimed the life of a D.C. firefighter, a 37-year-old man was taken into custody and charged with murder.
Detectives reported that Carlos Lavanto Garner was taken into custody on December 14. In relation to the passing of Bryans Road resident Carl Francis Braxton, 30, he is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter, and felony use of a firearm.
Braxton, an eight-year member of D.C. Fire and EMS and an EMT, was reportedly shot by Garner early on May 6 in the 2900 block of Sedgemore Place. The Charles County Sheriff’s Office conducted a preliminary investigation and found that Braxton had allegedly assaulted his girlfriend inside their townhouse at approximately three in the morning. After leaving the house, the woman came upon Garner when he was walking his dog. Authorities claim witnesses informed them that Braxton aggressively approached Garner, came up to him, and threatened to hurt him. According to investigators, Garner shot Braxton after drawing his gun with a permission to carry a weapon.
After being taken to a police station, Garner was eventually set go. Investigators claim that neither Braxton nor his girlfriend were aware of Garner.
In memory of Braxton, the fire crew draped black bunting over Engine 22 and sent his family sympathies after his passing. At the Shepherd Park station, Braxton was employed. Two sons survived him.
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