Unknown Suspects Shoot at Police Homes in Ches. Ranch Estates

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. (Sept. 12, 2010)—Police in Calvert County are investigating two shootings that occurred in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates in Lusby during Friday evening through Saturday morning. Police say that in both instances the residences of two police officers were shot at by unknown suspects.

As a result of the preliminary and ongoing investigation, police believe the two shootings may be related.

On Friday between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m., Maryland State Police and Calvert County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence on Coyote Trail in Lusby for the report of a shooting. The residence is owned by a Maryland State Trooper. Unknown subjects fired numerous rounds into the residence. The Trooper was not at the residence, but family members were.

On Saturday, deputies were dispatched to a residence on Algonquin trail in Lusby for a report of a residence and vehicle being shot at. This residence is owned by a St. Mary’s County deputy. He reported that between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. he heard what he thought was a “popping” noise like firecrackers. When he awoke in the morning he observed a round had been fired through the window of his marked cruiser, as well as two more rounds fired into the residence in the area of his toddler’s bedroom.

Multiple shell casings were found around the exteriors of both homes. Bullets were recovered inside both homes.

On Sunday morning at approximately 10:00 a.m., police issued an update saying, "There is no longer an immediate threat to public safety in reference to the homes shot at on September 10th in the area of the Chesapeake Ranch Estates. However, law enforcement is still actively investigating the incident."

Police are asking anyone with information about the shootings to contact the Calvert County Sheriff's Office at 410-535-2800, the Maryland State Police at 410-535-1400, or the Calvert County Crime Solvers at 410-535-2880. Individuals who provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects may be eligible for a $10,000 reward. Callers may remain anonymous.

The incident is being investigated by the Calvert Investigative Team—detectives from the sheriff's office and the Prince Frederick barrack of the state police.

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