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Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Reward Notice

Contact: Whitney Cruse, Public Information Officer
For Immediate Release
Thursday, February 10, 2022

ATF, Offers $15K Reward for Information in DC Innocent Bystander Homicide

WASHINGTON — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Washington Field Division announced a reward of up to $15,000 for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the Northeast, D.C., homicide of 54-year-old Pamela Thomas. 

This is in addition to a reward of up to $25,000 offered by the Metropolitan Police Department, who is the lead investigating agency in this case, bringing the total to a possible reward up to $40,000.

On Feb. 9, MPD officers responded to the 500 block of Division Avenue, Northeast after hearing gunshots. Upon arrival, MPD located an adult female victim, inside a vehicle, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital, where despite all life-saving efforts, the victim was pronounced dead.

“This is a senseless act of violence that took the life of an innocent woman.  Our condolences go to the family and friends of Ms. Thomas during this difficult time.,” said ATF Washington Field Division Special Agent in Charge Charlie J. Patterson. “The safety of our communities remains at the forefront of our priorities as we continue to combat violent crime.  ATF will continue to collaborate with our local, state, and federal partners to disrupt the cycle of criminal acquisition and the misuse of firearms within our communities. We call upon our community members and leaders to provide any information that will assist us in locating and holding all involved accountable for this crime.”

Anyone with information about this crime should contact ATF at 888 -ATF-TIPS (888-283-8477). Information can also be sent to, through ATF’s website at Tips can be submitted anonymously using the Reportit® app, available from both Google Play and the Apple App store, or by visiting Tips can also be submitted anonymously by calling MPD at 202-727-9099 or by texting 50411


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