Detectives Identify Man Wanted in Connection to Fatal Shooting 

Mount Vernon Police District – A 23-year-old man is dead following an overnight shooting in the 7400 block of Vernon Square Drive in Hybla Valley. Officers responded at 8:47 p.m. to an apartment after a neighbor heard a loud argument followed by a gunshot. When officers arrived, they found Raphael Pierce, of Alexandria, in an apartment unit suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body. Fire and Rescue personnel responded and pronounced him deceased. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that Mr. Pierce was attending a small gathering at the apartment when an argument ensued between Pierce and the suspect, Terence Butler, 40, of Alexandria. Detectives believe Butler shot Pierce before leaving in a dark colored 2013 Chevrolet Impala bearing Virginia registration URH-1176. The Impala was described as having black rims and damage to the passenger side.

Detectives believe that both men were known to each other, but the full extent of their relationship remains under investigation. Earlier this morning, detectives obtained arrest warrants for Butler, charging him with 2nd Degree Murder, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to contact us at 703-691-2131, or call 911. Butler should be considered armed and dangerous.  Tips can also be submitted anonymously through Crime Solvers by phone – 1-866-411-TIPS (866-411-8477), by text – Type “FCCS” plus tip to 847411, and by web – Click HERE. Download our Mobile tip411 App “Fairfax Co Crime Solvers”. Anonymous tipsters are eligible for cash rewards of $100 to $1,000 dollars if their information leads to an arrest. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to follow up with you.

Victim specialists from our Major Crimes Bureau’s Victim Services Division have been assigned to ensure that the victim’s family is receiving appropriate resources and assistance.    

This is being investigated as the 15th homicide year to date in Fairfax County. Detectives have made 10 arrests related to the 15 homicides. In 2020, there were 6 homicides year to date.

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