NWGA Scanner | June 2nd, 2022

GBI seeking information concerning homicide of 21-year-old man that occurred in Rome last month

The GBI is seeking information concerning the homicide of Derricus Javez Devonte Smith in Rome, GA. Anyone with information is asked to call the GBI Tip Line at 1-800-597-TIPS (8477), submit online at https://gbi.georgia.gov/submit-tips-online, or download the See Something, Send Something mobile app. Tips can be provided anonymously.

According to a Rome Police Department press release, “On May 5th, 12, 022 at 12:50hrs, officers received a call of shots fired on Reservation Street. Upon officers arrival and checking area, no evidence of a shooting had taken place. At 0209hrs, officers received another call of a fight on Perkins Street, while en-route officers were updated that 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 was located. An officer attempted first aid and was unsuccessful. Witnesses on 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. The Rome Police Department is asking for all help from the community to find the person(s) responsible. You may use the anonymous tip line by calling 706-236-5000. This phone line is not traced, recorded, or caller ID used. You do not have to give your name. You may also visit http://romega.us/175/Anonymous-Tip-Line and leave an anonymous tip via a web form.