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Pontiac man calls dispatch to confess killing girlfriend, is charged with murder

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Posted at 2:23 PM, Apr 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-26 14:39:14-04

PONTIAC (WXYZ) — Roderick Junior Washington, 46, has been charged in the death of his girlfriend of 18 years. The Pontiac resident contacted the Pontiac Substation to report the killing, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Washington was arraigned on April 25 for the fatal shooting that happened just the day before.

Washington had been charged with homicide - open murder, possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony, weapons - firearm - possession by a felon, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

On Friday, April 24, Oakland County Sheriff's deputies went to the Pontiac Substation on the report of a person who had called the Sheriff's Operations Center to say that he had just killed his girlfriend inside a vehicle in the 100 block of Osmun Street.

When deputies arrived on the scene they found the passenger side door of the vehicle open with a deceased woman leaning outside the door. Investigators said the 43-year-old woman, whose identity hasn't been released yet, appeared to have two gunshot wounds.

Washington walked to the Pontiac Substation from the scene to turn himself in, investigators said. The suspect said the incident occurred after an argument with his longtime girlfriend. He was then taken to Oakland County Jail.

Washington has prior convictions including possession of a controlled substance, malicious destruction of property over $1,000, receiving and concealing stolen property and breaking and entering. He's due back in court on April 27.