Man Wanted for Aug. 7 Murder Arrested

Mount Vernon Police District – Terence Butler, 40, of Alexandria, was arrested this morning in Washington, D.C. by detectives from our Fugitive Track and Apprehension Unit after a manhunt that spanned more than a month. Since the night of the fatal shooting of Raphael Pierce, 23, of Alexandria, detectives have executed more than 30 search warrants, conducted numerous interviews, and combed through extensive amounts of data in the efforts to find Butler.  

This morning, our detectives alongside our federal partners received information about Butler’s whereabouts and safely took him into custody. Butler was taken to the Central Detention Facility in Washington, D.C. He will remain in their custody until he is extradited back to Fairfax County to face charges of second-degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.  

 “Our detectives obtained warrants the night of this tragic death and have not stopped working to bring Butler to justice and today, they did just that. No matter how far someone tries to run or how long they try to hide, we will find them. I’d like to thank all of our detectives with our Major Crimes Bureau, our Fugitive Track and Apprehension Squad as well as our federal partners with the U.S. Marshals Task Force and officers of the Metropolitan Police Department who assisted in tracking down this killer.” – Major Ed O’Carroll, Bureau Chief, Major Crimes, Cyber and Forensics.

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Detectives have made 11 arrests related to 15 homicide incidents. 

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

If you have info about this crime please contact detectives at our Major Crimes Bureau at 703-246-7800, option 2.  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. Please leave contact information if you wish for a detective to follow up with you. 

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(Originally published on Aug. 8, 2021)

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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