Suspect charged with murder in shooting death of Oldham County teacher Maxwell Emerson

Maxwell Emerson (right), a wrestling assisting coach at Oldham County High School.
Maxwell Emerson (right), a wrestling assisting coach at Oldham County High School.

Police in Washington, D.C. have arrested a man in connection with the recent killing of a Louisville-area teacher who was visiting the city.

A Tuesday release from Metropolitan Police said Jaime Maceo, a 22-year-old man, had been charged with first-degree murder while armed.

The suspect was arrested six days after the fatal shooting took place. Maxwell Emerson, a 25-year-old social studies teacher and assistant wrestling coach at Oldham County High School, was killed in the incident.

Family members last week told The Courier Journal that Emerson had been in Washington, D.C. for a three-day professional development workshop and had brought his mother and twin brother along to sightsee.

The Lexington native who grew up in Crestwood texted his mother at one point Wednesday morning with a message that he was being robbed at gunpoint, she said, before his body was later found near Catholic University.

Charging documents filed against Maceo in Superior Court of the District of Columbia note the suspect was identified after being seen with Maxwell in several videos police examined after the shooting. Multiple people who know him also identified him to investigators after photos of the suspected shooter were distributed to the public.

In the affidavit filed in the case based on several videos, police said Maxwell and Maceo first spoke at about 7:30 a.m. by a subway station by Catholic University. At about 7:33 a.m. Maxwell was seen walking next to Maceo with his hands in the air before the pair stopped at a park area on the school's campus, where a struggle eventually ensued. Maxwell appeared to be shot just before 8 a.m. and was pronounced dead at 8:36 a.m., 14 minutes after he was found.

Emerson had taught at Oldham County High since 2021, his family said, and had a strong bond with his students. A GoFundMe page started by a family member to cover costs for his transportation and funeral had raised more than $38,000 as of Tuesday morning. A memorial gathering in his honor will take place at 1 p.m. Monday at Southeast Christian Church Crestwood Campus, according to an online obituary.

Reporter Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez contributed. Reach Lucas Aulbach at laulbach@courier-journal.com.

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