Police investigating homicide after driver in Suffolk crash killed by gunshot

Posted at 8:18 PM, Jul 12, 2019
and last updated 2020-09-01 11:12:32-04

SUFFOLK, Va. – A man has died after a two-vehicle crash in the 6000 block of College Drive Friday evening.

Dispatchers received a call advising of a crash involving three passenger vehicles shortly after 6 p.m. After further investigation, police determined that only two vehicles were involved.

Photo: News 3 reporter Nana-Séntuo Bonsu

The driver of one of the vehicles was found to have suffered from a gunshot wound. Identified as 19-year-old Sidney Watson of Chesapeake, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Police announced Saturday that they are investigating Watson’s death as a homicide.

The passenger of the vehicle who was reported to have been taken to a local hospital also suffered from a gunshot wound. Police say the passenger’s injuries are non-life-threatening and he was treated and released. He has been identified as 19-year-old Jaylon Marquis Hamilton.

On September 1 Suffolk Police said they arrested 19-year-old Shawn Jermaine Lewis, Jr., on multiple charges stemming from the homicide.

Lewis was arrested on charges of Murder-First Degree, Aggravated Malicious Wounding, two counts of Assault: Shoot, Stab, Etc. in Commission of Felony, 10 counts of Shoot or Throw Missiles at Occupied Vehicles, Reckless Handling of Firearm, two counts Discharge Firearm in Public Place – Bodily Injury, three counts of Use or Display Firearm in Commission of Felony, 10 counts of Shooting From Vehicle, Attempt to Commit Capital Offense, and seven counts of Participate in Crime for Gang That Includes Juv-School, Etc.

Anyone who has information about this incident is asked to call Suffolk Police or the Suffolk Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887). You can also submit at tip online at, via the Suffolk Police Department website and look for the Suffolk Crime Line link or at the department’s Facebook page.

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