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Third suspect arrested in slaying of officer's kin

Homicide detectives arrested and charged a third man Monday night in the fatal shooting of a Buffalo police officer's teenage half-brother last week.

Damien Warren, 22, of Sherman Street, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon.

Buffalo police say Warren was the final man being sought for the killing of Ke'one Littlejohn, 16, who was chased down Sherman Street and shot several times at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday. Police believe the three men were armed with at least two handguns.

Ke'one was the younger half-brother of Officer Cedric Littlejohn, a highly decorated and respected officer in the Ferry-Fillmore District, where the murder occurred.

"This case shows that when people cooperate, cases can be solved," Detective Sgt. Daniel Rinaldo said today. "People came forward with information which led us to the suspects."

On Saturday morning, homicide detectives charged Nathaniel Williams, 20, of Strauss Street, and Marvin Q. Howard, 23, of East Utica Street, with second-degree murder and criminal possession of handguns.

Police say they were able to swiftly arrest the two men because community members came forward with crucial information that led detectives to an eyewitness.

Rinaldo said Warren is on parole for weapons-related offenses.

At about 10 p.m. Monday, Warren contacted his state parole officer. The parole officer immediately contacted homicide investigators, who had been searching for Warren since late last week.

Within minutes, Detectives William Donovan and Mark Lauber arrived at Warren's home and arrested him.

Warren lives on Sherman Street, not far from the shooting site outside 467 Sherman. Police said the shooting occurred near a known drug house, but are unsure if Ke'one had any connection to it. A motive for the murder still remains unclear.

Officer Littlejohn, 37, and his brother shared the same father.

Family members said their father died unexpectedly four years ago and Ke'one's mother is in prison on a 2002 attempted arson conviction. In January, Ke'one ran away from the Baker-Victory Services Residential Program, a group home in Lackawanna for adolescents with emotional and behavioral challenges.

In recent weeks, Ke'one was believed to have been staying at the drug house on Sherman Street, according to family members.

Officer Littlejohn had tried to mentor his little brother, who enjoyed writing poetry and composing music.

A funeral for Ke'one will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Refuge Temple of Christ West Side, 109 Chenango St., at Massachusetts Avenue.

e-mail: vthomas@buffnews.com

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