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Retired police officer shot man during attempted robbery

By KATIE FITZPATRICK

Staff writer

Police have arrested a 39-year old Lusby woman in connection with a Sunday evening attempted robbery, which also involved a shooting that left one man dead at a Harlequin Court home in Huntingtown.

Lt. Steve Jones, commander of the Calvert Investigative Team, said Calvert County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Maryland State Police Prince Frederick barrack troopers responded to a Harlequin Court home at 10:30 p.m. Sunday for a report of shots fired.

During a press conference at the sheriff’s office Monday afternoon, Sheriff Mike Evans (R) said the homeowner called police and said someone had been shot at his house “and requested law enforcement and EMS.”

When police arrived at the house, Evans said, they found one person next to the driveway of the home. Police said the man was dead, having suffered several gunshot wounds.

The homeowner, who Jones said is a retired Washington, D.C., police officer, told police he was upstairs when he heard “some loud, aggressive banging” on his front door.

Evans said the homeowner retrieved a handgun before going to the door. The homeowner opened the door and found two suspects wearing masks, Evans said, and one of the suspects “brandished a weapon,” which police revealed Tuesday was a baseball bat. He said both suspects made aggressive movements toward the homeowner.

Fearing for his life, the homeowner fired the gun at the suspects, Evans said. One suspect was shot and died; Police have identified the deceased suspect as Kevin Wayne Chapman, 38, of Lusby.

The second suspect, who has been identified as April Lynn Stewart, fled the home in a vehicle, which Evans said “might have bullet holes in it.”

Police responded to the 15000 block of Running Fox circle Monday, and found the vehicle suspected to have been used in the incident. Police executed a search and seizure warrant and located Stewart inside Chapman’s home, where the vehicle was parked. She was taken into custody and is being held at the Calvert County Detention Center on $75,000 bond.

Police said Tuesday that the suspects had gone to the home with the intent to commit robbery. Investigators said Chapman was familiar with the residence because he had worked for a company that had performed service at the residence in the past.

The investigation is ongoing, Evans said, and no charges have been filed against the homeowner. Evans said police believe the homeowner was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed the suspect.

Jones said even if the suspect is standing outside of the home, when a person feels threatened inside their home they have a right to defend themselves.

“If someone is threatening your life, you have a right to defend yourself,” Jones said. “Whether [the suspect] was inside of the residence is irrelevant. The homeowner was in fear for his life; therefore, he was acting in self-defense.”

Anyone with information should contact Det. J. Ewig at 410-535-1600, ext. 2596.