Wilmington man indicted for murder in fatal shooting that ended in Market St. wreck

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Montrell Dyshawn Sweet
Montrell Dyshawn Sweet

A Wilmington man has been indicted on a murder charge following a fatal August shooting that ended in a wreck on Market Street.

Montrell Dyshawn Sweet, 23, was indicted Dec. 7 by a New Hanover County grand jury on charges of first-degree murder and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling, according to court records. He has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Ali Iquan Dameish Rouse, who was found dead in his wrecked car in the 1900 block of Market Street on Aug. 18.

According to the indictment, Sweet is charged with using a 9 mm handgun to shoot into a Toyota Camry occupied by Rouse, striking the victim in the hand, arm, chest, face and head.

Wilmington Police Chief Ralph Evangelous said the shooting was the result of a domestic dispute that occurred shortly after 11 a.m. at an apartment complex in the 2100 block of Market Street.

Rouse and a woman drove into the apartment complex parking lot, where the suspect reportedly approached the vehicle and fired several shots, Evangelous said during a press conference about the shooting in August. The woman was out of the vehicle at the time of the shooting and was not injured.

“We do know that Sweet and the female had a child in common,” Evangelous said. “The incident sparked from a domestic dispute. This was not gang-related. This was an isolated incident.”

Wilmington police shield from onlookers the car in which a man was found fatally shot. Photo by Christina Haley, Port City Daily.
Wilmington police shield from onlookers the car in which a man was found fatally shot. Photo by Christina Haley, Port City Daily.

While he was injured, Rouse reportedly drove the Toyota Camry onto Market Street and struck another vehicle a few blocks away. The wreck completely closed Market Street to traffic between the 1900 and 2000 blocks for several hours. A woman in the other vehicle was not injured. Rouse was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sweet turned himself in at the Wilmington Police Department headquarters the day of the shooting. He was arrested and booked at the New Hanover County Jail where he remains without bond.

Assistant District Attorney Timothy Severo is prosecuting the case for the state. Attorney Brett T. Wentz is representing Sweet. The case is scheduled to be heard in New Hanover County Superior Court on Jan. 11, 2016.