Victims Fatally Shot Inside Maryland Home Identified

Larry Hoffman
May 9, 2018

The Montgomery County Police Department said 66-year-old Mary Olson, 70-year-old Danny Murphy and 54-year-old Craig Shotwell were shot and killed by 41-year-old Christopher Snyder at Olson's home at 222002 Brown Farm Way in Brookeville, Maryland at about 3:45 p.m.

According to a police press conference, Mr. Snyder had held his wife hostage over the weekend at their home at 22001 Brown Farm Way in Brookeville, Maryland.

Thomas Manger, after set up in the home of neighbors shooting Snyder barricaded himself in his house and resisted police.

Snyder was on the phone, negotiating with police. Shortly after police officers eventually broke down the door and entered the home, the suspect fatally shot himself.

After failing to convince Snyder to come out of his house and surrender for seven hours, the police gave orders to breach the front door of his house at 11 p.m. EDT. "Our negotiators have been speaking with him via phone". The three weren't the only ones there at the time of the shooting, however.

The tactical team was searching the rest of the house because, during the negotiations, police learned that there could be explosives and several guns inside the house, Manger said.

His last words over the phone were: 'Did they just break in the front door?' One was Snyder's wife, police say.

However, police have had "a number of contacts with this suspect in the past on a number of different issues", Chief Manger said. He followed her to the home where police said he opened fire.

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