Man arrested in second of two shootings on same street in Newport News

Posted at 10:17 AM, Mar 10, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-10 17:23:13-04

Newport News, Va. - Police have arrested a man in the second of two shootings on a Newport News street.

Theodore Washington

Theodore Washington

28-year-old Theodore Washington was shot in front of a residence in the 1500 block of Ivy Avenue Monday evening. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:34 p.m.

Witnesses told police they saw the gunman run into a nearby home, and officers found 25-year-old Miguel Jamal Nichols inside. Detectives learned Nichols had been arguing with Washington at the time of the shooting.  It's unclear what they were arguing about.

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Miguel Jamal Nichols

Miguel Jamal Nichols

Nichols has been charged with 2nd degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and is in the custody of the Newport News City Jail.

According to a criminal complaint filed in court, Nichols admitted that he fired shots because he thought the victim would shoot him first, but it also says he dd not see the victim with a firearm.

According to Washington's family, he had a 9-year-old son and was working at Smithfield Packing.

Police say they do not believe his death is connected with another deadly shooting that happened the day before.

18-year-old Dewayne Parker was killed just a few blocks away Sunday night.  No arrests have been made in that case.

Anyone with information on either shooting is asked to call Newport News Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP. Crime Line callers are reminded that they may remain totally anonymous, are never required to testify in court and could be eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.