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PRESS RELEASE

INCIDENT: Homicide Investigation
DATE / TIME: 06/07/2018 at approximately 9:00 PM
LOCATION: 100 Blk of Woodstock Rd, Chestertown, MD
VICTIM: See below
DETAILS: On 6/7/18 at approximately 9:19 pm, deputies were dispatched to the above address in reference to a 911 hang up. Arriving deputies met with the female caller outside of the residence, who appeared to be upset and injured. The female subject advised deputies that she and her husband (Suspect) Charles Frank Walter Jr. (54 years of age) became involved in a physical domestic altercation, and that he (husband/suspect) had shot her son Kenneth Preston Johnson Jr. (36 years of age), and that her son was still in the residence.
While on the scene deputies observed a male subject outside of the residence who was identified as the suspect who was armed with a pistol which was placed under his chin. Deputies ordered the suspect to peacefully surrender, but the male subject 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 primary residence to check the welfare of the female victim’s son. Deputies located Johnson deceased on the floor of a bedroom with what appeared to be multiple gunshot wounds.
The female victim was transferred to Chester River Hospital in Chestertown Maryland for treatment.
Members of the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff SWAT Team were able to breach the shed where the suspect was barricaded and found him deceased with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sheriff Hofmann 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 Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff 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.
CASE: 18-17448
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