Rome Police investigating North Rome murder

May 21st, 2022 – 3:45 pm

Rome Police Department –

At approximately 12:50 AM on Saturday, Rome Police officers received a call of shots fired on Reservation Street.  Upon officers arrival and checking the area, no evidence of a shooting had taken place. 

At 2:09 AM, officers received another call of a fight on Perkins Street, While en-route officers were updated to a male subject that had been shot and was laying in the roadway not breathing. 

Upon officers arrival, a young black male with an apparent gunshot to the head area was located.  An officer attempted first aid and was unsuccessful.  Witnesses at the scene advised of a Black Dodge Challenger with several subjects jumping in it leaving the area prior to officers arrival. 

Several names were mentioned during the initial gathering of information. The Criminal Investigation Division was notified. Upon CID arrival, the scene was turned over to them. 

The young male that was shot and deceased was identified as Derricus Smith, age 21. The investigation is still active.

Anyone with information should contact 911 and ask for a supervisor or investigator to call them. The Rome Police Department is asking for all help from the community to find the person(s) responsible. 

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