Police seek suspect in fatal shooting of Edmonds man

Derrick “Wiz” Crawford, 22, is wanted in connection with the death of an unidentified 27-year-old.

Edmonds police are searching for Derrick “Wiz” Crawford, 22, in the homicide of his roommate. If you see him, call 911. (Edmonds Police Department)

Edmonds police are searching for Derrick “Wiz” Crawford, 22, in the homicide of his roommate. If you see him, call 911. (Edmonds Police Department)

EDMONDS — A roommate has been identified as a suspect in the fatal shooting of an Edmonds man over the weekend, police said Wednesday.

Officers were called around 11:25 p.m. Saturday to a home in the 17700 block of 76th Avenue W. They found a 27-year-old Edmonds man with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where he later died.

Exactly what led up to the shooting remains unclear. Detectives have had to piece together fragments of the story from different people, Edmonds police Sgt. Shane Hawley said. There were numerous witnesses — many people were coming and going, Hawley said — but those present Saturday night weren’t cooperative with investigators.

Over time, detectives determined the Edmonds man likely was shot by his roommate in a property dispute, though the nature of the dispute isn’t clear. They believe the shooter fled the scene.

They identified the suspect as Derrick “Wiz” Crawford, 22, who has ties to the Renton area. Officers have a warrant to arrest him for investigation of second-degree murder.

A photo of Crawford was released Wednesday morning. Police believe he has shaved his head since the photo. Detectives suspect he headed for Kent or Tukwila, with a plan to go to California. Police believe Crawford used a handgun in the shooting. He’s considered armed and dangerous, police said.

He has been convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence assault and harassment.

Last year he was sentenced to a total of four months in jail for possessing a stolen car in April; possessing Xanax, heroin and methamphetamine in May; and possessing meth again in August, according to court records.

Those records list an alias of Darrick Diamond Jennings.

In recent years his mother and an ex-girlfriend filed for protection orders against him, saying he’d threatened to shoot them or to have them shot by a gang. In 2015, he showed up uninvited at his mother’s home and told her to let him move back in, she wrote in a court petition. His parents told him to leave. Crawford yelled and swore at them, his mother wrote.

“I’m not afraid of you,” he told her, according to her filing. “I have a gun and will shoot you.”

The name of the man who died Saturday hasn’t been released.

Tips can be directed to Edmonds police at 425-771-0212.

Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; chutton@heraldnet.com. Twitter: @snocaleb.

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