Agents with the U.S. Marshals Violent Felony Fugitive Task Force, along with
Falls police detectives and officers with the Town of Amherst Police
Department, hit a motel near the University at Buffalo’s North Campus on
Thursday and arrested a suspect in the slaying of Jaylan McWilson.
The suspect, identified as Dennis D. Parson, 19, of Amherst, was taken into
custody and charged with second-degree murder and second-degree criminal
possession of a weapon. Niagara County prosecutors said Parson was
arraigned this morning in the Falls City Court.
Falls Police Criminal Investigation Division detectives had said that they were
working on “a focused set of leads” in their search for McWilson’s killer.
Detectives said that the Marshals Service and Amherst Police aided in the
McWilson, 24, had his life cut short in what police have said was a hail of
gunfire, around 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the 1100 block of South Avenue. He had
just turned off his BMW sedan when the sound of gunshots shattered the
usually quiet North End neighborhood.
Detectives said McWilson was struck by multiple rounds as he sat in the
driver’s seat of his vehicle. He was able to get out of the car and make his way
to the front porch of his mother’s home, before collapsing.
Falls police said multiple calls came into 911 operators in response to the
shooting. Police patrol officers said they responded to calls of “shots fired,”
which then changed to calls of a “man shot.”
When officers arrived on the scene, they found McWilson lying on the front
porch of his mother’s home, gravely wounded. Falls firefighters and EMTs
tried to stabilize his wounds and an ambulance rushed to transport him to
Erie County Medical Center in Buffalo.
After traveling just a few blocks, the ambulance was diverted to the
emergency room at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. McWilson was
pronounced dead at NFMMC a short time later.
Falls Police Crime Scene Unit detectives cordoned-off the corner of South
Avenue and Lockport Street with yellow tape and said later that they had
recovered a number of spent shelling cases near the driver’s-side door of
Criminal Investigation Division detectives canvassed the nearby
neighborhood in a hunt for additional evidence, including security camera
Detectives have not commented on what evidence they actually collected or
what eventually led them to Parson.