Vigil for Healing

A memorial of stuffed animals, candles and flowers was constructed near the intersection where James M. Wilmer, 30, of Denton was shot July 1. He later died at the hospital.

DENTON — Maryland State Police are continuing to search for the murder suspect wanted in the fatal shooting of a man earlier this month in Caroline County.

The victim is identified as James M. Wilmer, 30, of Denton. Wilmer died July 2 at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. An autopsy by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore ruled Wilmer’s death a homicide and said his death was caused by a gunshot wound.

The suspect is identified as Jamaine V. Cheers, 33, also of Denton. After consultation with the Caroline County State’s Attorney’s Office, Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators obtained an arrest warrant charging Cheers with first- and second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in a felony/violent crime, carrying concealed deadly weapon, carrying a handgun, carrying a loaded handgun and reckless endangerment.

A search is currently underway for Cheers. The warrant for his arrest has been entered into the National Crime Information Center database and information has been communicated to police throughout the region.

Anyone who has seen Cheers or is aware of his location is urged to contact police immediately at 911 or to call Maryland State Police direct at 443-783-7230.

At about 8 p.m. July 1, 2020, Maryland State Police Homicide Unit investigators were contacted by the Denton Police Department and requested to respond to investigate a shooting officers were on the scene of. The preliminary investigation indicated that shortly before 6:30 p.m., Denton Police officers were called to the area of High Street and 4th Street for an assault in progress. Upon arrival, they were directed to the middle of the intersection, where Wilmer was found lying in the roadway. Officers observed Wilmer had sustained an apparent gunshot wound. Officers said a large group of people were in the area, but immediately dispersed upon their arrival.

EMS personnel responded and the victim was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to the trauma center for treatment. He died July 2.

A motive for the shooting has not been established at this time. The relationship between the victim and the suspect has not been determined at this point in the investigation.

The investigation is continuing.

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