Chester man charged in April 29 fatal shooting

CHESTER -- Authorities have arrested a Chester man in connection with the April 29 death of 27-year-old Brandon Keith Ervin, who was shot after a fight with a masked person.

Police charged Maurice Damone Douglas, 26, of 113 Frazier Drive, with murder, according to an arrest warrant and Chester Police Chief Mike Brown.

Ervin died from a single gunshot.

At the time of the shooting, Douglas was out of jail on a $50,000 bond stemming from an armed robbery charge, Brown said. No one was hurt during that incident.

On April 29, police found Ervin lying face down in the yard between 168 Loomis St. and 170 Loomis St., according to a Chester Police report.

Around 2:15 p.m., a man and his girlfriend picked up Ervin from his mother's house on Loomis Street, and the trio drove down the street in the couple's Honda Accord. They stopped at the home of Ervin's grandmother on Loomis Street because Ervin had to use the bathroom, according to the report.

The report said Ervin went to the back corner of the house and came running back. He was chased by someone in black wearing a black ski mask who came to the car window, pointed a handgun at the couple and pulled the trigger, according to the report.

The couple told police they heard the gun click before the masked person went to the front of the car and pulled the trigger again, resulting in another click, the report states.

Then, the gunman fought with Ervin. The report states the gunman pushed Ervin and then fired the gun, striking Ervin's upper left chest.

Officials believe the triggerman used a small-caliber gun because no bullets or shell casings were found.

Police arrested Douglas around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, Brown said.

Brown did not say whether authorities had recovered the .32-caliber handgun suspected in the shooting, the city's first homicide of the year. Brown said five search warrants were issued for Chester dwellings where Douglas is known to stay.

Police are familiar with Douglas, most recently for an armed robbery May 14, Brown said. Douglas posted bond in that case and remained free on bond until Wednesday night.

Bond for the murder charge must be set by a circuit court judge, Deputy Solicitor Chris Taylor said. A bond hearing could be slated during the week of July 21, he said.

Douglas remained in custody Thursday night at Chester County Detention Center.