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A Maryland man gunned down three neighbors and set his house on fire before officers fatally shot him, police said.
Everton Brown, 56, was confronted by Baltimore County police early Saturday after cops got a report of a suspect shooting at people in his neighborhood in Woodlawn, department officials said in a news release Sunday.
Cops encountered Brown in a parking lot, where he refused multiple times to drop a handgun, prompting four officers to open fire, killing him.
Investigators recovered the weapon, as well as a large knife on the hood of one of his cars, police said.
“That threat was neutralized,” county police spokeswoman Joy Stewart told the Baltimore Sun Saturday. “At that point, firefighters were able to address the fire.”
Cops said a preliminary investigation shows Brown forced his way into a neighbor’s home and fatally stabbed and shot Ismael Quintanilla, 41. That sent Quintanilla’s wife, Sara Alacote, 37, running outside, where she was also gunned down and pronounced dead, police said.
“When two neighbors emerged from their home, Brown shot them as well, striking both of them,” police said Saturday.
One of the two victims, Sagar Ghimire, 24, later died from his injuries, while a second man who was wounded by gunfire was recovering, police said Sunday.
Investigators also found several homemade explosive devices in one of Brown’s cars, police said.
No cops were hurt during Saturday’s triple homicide, which neighbors said came after more than a decade of erratic behavior by Brown, who was paranoid that his home was being searched by the FBI and thought those living near him were somehow involved, the Baltimore Sun reported Sunday.
“He was shooting toward us,” neighbor Kweku Quansah, 51, told the newspaper. “And then I saw a lady on the ground. He turned and shot the lady again on the ground.”
Quansah, a longtime resident of the neighborhood, said the killings were “not surprising” given Brown’s pattern of threats. The man reported Brown to police himself in the past, he said.
“We don’t know why he was doing that, but this has been going on over and over again,” Quansah said. “A lot of people tried to complain about it, but nothing was done.”
Brown had also posted on social media about concerns of being tracked by federal agents. Peace orders were placed against him as recently as Wednesday and in late March, the Baltimore Sun reported.
The fire set by Brown collapsed two homes and damaged a third, fire officials told the newspaper. Attempts to reach Brown’s relatives were reportedly unsuccessful Sunday.
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