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CHESTERTOWN — 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 Walter. He was armed with a pistol, placed under his chin, police said. Walter 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 dead on the floor of a bedroom with multiple gunshot wounds.

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

The resulting hours-long standoff ended after members of the sheriff’s SWAT team were able to breach the shed where Walter was barricaded and found him dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Sheriff Gary Hofmann said he appreciated the cooperation of the surrounding residents affected by this incident during the request to shelter in place for safety.

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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