Police: York City homicide victim was arguing with acquaintance

Liz Evans Scolforo
  • Anyone with information is asked to call police at (717) 846-1234 or the city's anonymous crime tip line, (717) 849-2204.

An argument between acquaintances in York City led to Thursday night's homicide of a Manchester-area man, according to police.

Davonne Swan, 27, of Hickory Drive in East Manchester Township, was fatally shot about 6:20 p.m. near the intersection of East Maple Street and South Court Avenue, York City Police said.

Davonne Swan
(Photo courtesy of Facebook)

"We hear it's over a disagreement," said Lt. Troy Bankert, who supervises the city detective bureau. "They knew each other. They were acquaintances."

Detectives are still working to identify the shooter, he said, but believe they are closing in.

"We have several suspects we're looking at, and we think we're very close to an arrest," Bankert said. "We have the story of what happened. It's just a matter of who the shooter was."

The lieutenant said detectives don't yet know for sure what Swan and his killer were arguing about.

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Five to seven gunshots were fired, and it's believed they came from the same gun, according to Bankert.

Responding officers found Swan on the ground with gunshot wounds to his torso, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An autopsy completed at Lehigh Valley Hospital by the York County Coroner's Office on Saturday confirmed the cause of death as multiple gunshot wounds, according to the York County Coroner's Office.

'Welcome to York': The day before he was gunned down, Swan posted on his Facebook page a photo of bulletproof vests with the words "Welcome to York, Pa. You'll be needing one of these."

Homicide victim Davonne Swan posted this meme to his Facebook account on June 15, 2016, the day before he was fatally shot.
(Image courtesy of Facebook)

Other postings on his Facebook account include a memorial meme featuring photos of south-side York City residents who have died, including murder victims. The meme reads in part, "Rest in Peace / Only the South."

At the time of his homicide, Swan was free on $10,000 bail for a drug-dealing case, according to court records. He was released on bail from York County Prison on May 19, according to prison records.

In February 2015, Swan pleaded guilty to dealing drugs in West Manchester Township and was sentenced to nine to 18 months in county prison, court records state.

"Swan was very well known to us," Bankert said.

York City Police investigate the June 16, 2016, homicide of Davonne Swan near the corner of East Maple Street and South Court Avenue.
(John A. Pavoncello photo)

Swan was the ninth person shot in York City in a week.

Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call York City Police at (717) 846-1234 or call the city's anonymous crime tip line, (717) 849-2204. Or text "yorktips" and your information to 847-411.

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