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Ex-Con Arrested for Fatally Shooting Man Disguised as a Woman, NYPD Says

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska | October 11, 2017 4:03pm
 Police arrested Kwashan Butler Wednesday in connection with the fatal shooting of Terrence Payne in Jamaica in August.
Police arrested Kwashan Butler Wednesday in connection with the fatal shooting of Terrence Payne in Jamaica in August.
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QUEENS — Police on Wednesday arrested an ex-con they said fatally shot a gun-toting man disguised as a woman on a Jamaica street in August.

Kwashan Butler, 28, of Hollis, was charged with murder, manslaughter, criminal possession of a weapon, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon in the killing of Terrence Payne, 21, on Aug. 18, NYPD officials said.

Officials released Butler's picture in September, after several eyewitnesses picked him from a photo array, authorities said. 

Payne, of South Jamaica, was wearing a wig, dress and holding a purse while walking with a gun, sources said. Investigators believe Payne was likely planning to rob or shoot someone in an ambush on 164th Street between South Road, sources said.

But he got into a fight with another man, possibly connected to the person he was planning to ambush, sources said.

That's when Butler walked up and shot Payne in the left thigh, police sources said.

Payne was only wearing boxers and sneakers when he was brought to Jamaica Hospital by private car, the NYPD said.

He was listed in critical condition and died three days later, officials said.

Payne, a parolee who had gotten out of prison on June 15, had 10 prior arrests, mostly for weapons and drug possession, authorities said.

The shooting may have been drug related, sources said.

Butler has 14 prior arrests dating back to 2013, but most of them sealed, police said. Those that are not sealed include criminal possession of stolen property and criminal sale of controlled substance, the NYPD said.

He had not been arraigned as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.