Two dead, one hurt in QA’s do­mes­tic dis­pute

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— Two peo­ple are dead and one is in­jured fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent Thurs­day evening, June 7, in the 100 block of Wood­stock Road in Chestertown, Queen Anne’s County.

Res­i­dents of the Chester Har­bor neigh­bor­hood were told around 9 p.m. to “shel­ter in place” as the re­sult of a 911 call re­ceived by the Queen Anne’s County Sher­iff’s Of­fice.

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the sher­iff’s of­fice, a man had fired shots in­side a home and then bar­ri­caded him­self in­side a nearby shed/ out­build­ing. Deputies re­sponded to the ad­dress from the 911 hangup call and met with the fe­male caller out­side the home. Deputies re­ported the woman was up­set and in­jured.

The re­port states the woman told po­lice she and her hus­band Charles Frank Wal­ter Jr., 54, had been in­volved in a phys­i­cal al­ter­ca­tion when Wal­ter shot the woman’s son, Ken­neth Pre­ston John­son Jr., 36, who was also present at the home.

While on the scene, deputies saw a man out­side the home who was iden­ti­fied as Wal­ters. He was armed with a pis­tol, which was placed

un­der his chin, po­lice said. Wal­ters was or­dered to peace­fully sur­ren­der, but fled and bar­ri­caded him­self in a shed at the far end of the prop­erty.

Deputies se­cured a perime­ter around the shed, and then en­tered the home to check John­son’s wel­fare. John­son was found de­ceased on the floor of a bed­room with what re­ports say ap­peared to be mul­ti­ple gun­shot wounds.

His mother was taken to Chester River Hos­pi­tal in Chestertown for treat­ment of her in­juries.

The re­sult­ing hours-long standof f ended af­ter mem­bers of the sher­iff’s of­fice’s SWAT team were able to breach the shed where Wal­ters was bar­ri­caded and found him de­ceased with what ap­peared to be a self-in­flicted gun­shot wound.

Sher­iff Gary Hof­mann said he ap­pre­ci­ates the co­op­er­a­tion of the sur­round­ing res­i­dents af­fected by this in­ci­dent dur­ing the re­quest to shel­ter in place for safety. His thoughts and prayers re­main with the fam­i­lies of the in­volved vic­tims.

The sher­iff’s of­fice was as­sisted by the Mary­land State Po­lice, Chestertown Po­lice Depart­ment, Cen­tre­ville Po­lice Depart­ment, lo­cal vol­un­teer fire and emer­gency per­son­nel and Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices.

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