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The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Tuesday afternoon apparent murder-suicide involving brothers-in-law at a home on Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick.

At 1:27 p.m. Tuesday, the Calvert County Control Center dispatched a call for a shooting at 4500 Hallowing Point Road in Prince Frederick, Sheriff Mike Evans (R) said at a press conference at the sheriff’s office Tuesday evening.

Members of the Calvert Investigative Team were in the area on an unrelated matter helping animal control with an issue “a couple hundred yards away” and heard four shots, Evans said. Those officers immediately responded to the shooting call, he said.

Police discovered Raymond William Willard, 45, and Carl Ray Nerem Sr., 42, who are brothers-in-law, both dead at the scene as a result of apparent gunshot wounds, Evans said. Nerem was shot twice in the back and once in the face, and Willard shot himself in the head, Evans said Wednesday.

Willard’s mother owned the Hallowing Point Road home, Evans said, where Willard, Nerem and Nerem’s wife and son live.

Evans said police believe a verbal dispute led to Willard retrieving a .44 caliber revolver handgun, which deputies believe he owned, from the residence and fatally shooting Nerem before turning the gun on himself and committing suicide. Evans said Wednesday morning, “We don’t have anything concrete” as to what events led up to the shootings.

An unnamed witness was at the home during the shootings, which occurred outside of the home, Evans said.

Deputies had been to the home March 17, two days before the shooting, for an altercation between the brothers-in-law, Evans said, but at that time, there was no sign of injury and neither man pursued the matter. He said “the report doesn’t say very much” and it’s likely it is still being written, but there was no physical evidence of anyone being assaulted.

“This is a sad day for both the Willard and Nerem families, as well as our community,” Evans said. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to these families.”

Both Willard’s and Nerem’s bodies were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsies.

kfitzpatrick@somdnews.com