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Alleged murderer arrested the day after police offer $11K reward after extended manhunt

Kyjuan Trott-McLean was taken into custody after a short car chase in the 3800 block of Colonial Avenue. He was wanted for second-degree murder.

FAIRFAX, Va. — After a 61-day search and thousands of dollars offered up in reward money, a man wanted for murder has finally been taken into custody in Fairfax County.

Kyjuan Omar Braxton Trott-McLean, 43, was arrested after a short car chase Thursday in the 3800 block of Colonial Avenue, officials said. He is accused of shooting 31-year-old Brandon Wims at the Old Mill Gardens apartment complex in Mount Vernon on Oct. 2 

Fairfax County Police say a pit maneuver by officers forced Trott-McLean off the road, sending him into some brush. He was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

"Officers learned some information about a possible vehicle he was operating out of, so our detectives set up on that vehicle and waited for Trott-McLean to return that vehicle," Second Lieutenant James Curry said. "Once they positively identified him, they were able to take him into custody."

Police have not said whether any weapons were recovered during the arrest. 

At the time of the shooting, police said Wims was sitting in the car with two others. He was taken to the hospital, where he died just an hour later.

Trott-McLean was wanted as of Nov. 30 for second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, felon in possession of a firearm, and felon in possession of ammunition. Police offered an $11,000 reward for tips leading to his arrest and conviction.

The victim's family spoke in a press conference the day before the arrest was made.  

"I'm here today to let you know that I am broken without my child," Wims' mother said. "He was a good kid, a good son, a good uncle, a good friend, a good cousin; he was good to anyone he came across and he was not deserving of this vicious killing. He was not able to defend himself . . . he just had to sit there and take bullet after bullet, after bullet. No one deserves to die like that."

Investigators believe Trott-McLean was receiving help to hide from law enforcement.

"Those folks, if we can identify criminal misconduct for providing safe harbor for him, will be facing criminal charges as well," Police Chief Kevin Davis said. 


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