MILLINGTON — Manslaughter charges were filed and a warrant issued Monday, Oct. 21, for Eric Mathew Johnson Jr. of Millington in the Oct. 11 shooting of Jonathan Quillen Clough, 28.
In addition to manslaughter, Johnson, 20, is charged with two counts of reckless endangerment and possession of a regulated firearm (being under 21). He surrendered himself to the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office at 10 a.m. Monday, went before a district court commissioner for an initial appearance and was released a short time later after posting a $50,000 property bond.
The night of the shooting, Johnson and Clough, also of Millington, were among a small group of friends gathered at at a home on Teat Lane, off Red Lion Branch Road, according to Lt. Dale Patrick, spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
Members of the group remained at the home after the shooting happened shortly after midnight and cooperated with the investigation, he said.
Clough was struck just below his right ear by a single bullet from a .22-caliber automatic pistol, Patrick said. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The gun was recovered.
A photo Clough posted to Facebook less than an hour before he died shows a shirtless Johnson clowning around with a masked friend. Johnson is holding the pistol in one hand and a bottle of vodka in the other. In the post, Clough referred to Johnson as “my boy.”
Ownership of the gun has not been determined, Patrick said.
Clough was a 2003 graduate of Queen Anne’s County High School. After high school, he went to work for Billy’s Crabs, and on the weekends he delivered pizza for Pizza Town in Millington. He enjoyed playing pool, bowling league, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his mother, Karol Jean Ford of Millington; his father, Franklin Carroll Clough of Smyrna, Del.; a sister, Victoria Clough of Fairlee; maternal grandmother, Carol Perkins of Chestertown; maternal grandfather, Lawrence Theodore Ford of Chestertown; paternal grandmother, Daisey E. Dill of Smyrna, Del.; and numerous other relatives.
Services were held Saturday, Oct. 19, at Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home in Chestertown. He was buried at Church Hill Cemetery.