UPDATE: Police Say Suspect Vehicle Was Stolen from Charles County, Search Continues for Vehicle and Two Shooters in Murder of DMV Boxing Legend Buddy Harrison

September 27, 2022

UPDATE: The Metropolitan Police Department released the following information and update on Monday, September 26, 2022.

Captain Kevin Kentish stated after reviewing surveillance videos from nearby, police have determined there were only two shooters, not three. Harrison was shot multiple times and at this time, police believe it was a targeted attack.

Police have stated the white Kia Optima with Ohio plates was stolen from Charles County. It is unknown at this time if the owner(s) are connected to the murder. Police are requesting assistance in locating the vehicle which is pictured below.

Kentish stated “This individual, the decedent was well-loved by the community, it’s evident by the amount of tips and information that we are getting from the community in reference in helping to try to solve this case.”

Buddy Harrison’s son Dusty has stated he will still fight in his upcoming return at the Beltway Battles Boxing Showcase this weekend in Washington D.C on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Dusty possesses an undefeated record at 34-0 with 1 draw and 20 knockouts.

The promotor of the fight Thomas LaManna stated  “We plan to honor Buddy on fight night. Fans can purchase Old School Boxing Gym t-shirts onsite as a fundraiser for Buddy’s gym that has provided a special place for hundreds of people, especially many D.C. kids.”

9/25/2022: Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a vehicle in reference to a homicide that occurred on Saturday, September 24, 2022, in the 2700 block of 30th Street, Southeast.

At approximately 11:39 am, members of the Sixth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, the members located an adult male victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds.

DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital. After all life-saving efforts failed, the victim was pronounced dead.

The victim was identified as Arthur “Buddy” Harrison, Jr., age 62.

The suspect vehicle, pictured below, is described as a white Kia Optima sedan. It was last seen bearing an Ohio license plate of “JAU 3816”

Harrison was a boxing coach at the Old School Boxing in Prince George’s County, and is the father of Dusty Hernandez-Harrison.

The gym released the following statement. “We’re sorry to inform you we lost Buddy Harrison today. “We,” are the Harrison/Hernandez families, Old School Boxing, the DC community, and the entire boxing community. “Buddy Harrison,” was a father, servant, coach, mentor, comedian and a role model.

Please keep the Harrison family and the Hernandez family in your prayers, and keep the Old School family in your prayers.

I think if Buddy were here he would say to make sure you’re at your gym Monday, pray for those lost ones out there who don’t know the Lord, and to love everyone. That’s all we can say for now. Have a blessed day.”

The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for each homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411.

Photo is courtesy of Old School Boxing.

Buddy Harrison