Suspect identified in Charles County attempted murder-suicide

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WASHINGTON — Investigators have identified the suspect in an attempted murder-suicide in Waldorf, Maryland.

Kenneth Everette Barnes, 38, of Waldorf, shot the mother of his child multiple times and then fled the scene before killing himself in an apartment building stairwell, according to a press release.

The incident happened on Aug. 9 at 12:30 p.m., when the woman called the Charles County Sheriff’s Office and told them she had been shot by her boyfriend.

Detectives found the woman with multiple gunshot wounds at an apartment in the 3000 block of Gallery Place. She was flown to a hospital in serious condition but has since improved, according to the sheriff’s office. Her injuries are non life-threatening, the release said.

Officers were investigating the shooting when they found Barnes dead in a stairwell with a gun beside him from what they’ve described as a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the release said.

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Valerie Bonk

Valerie Bonk started working at WTOP in 2016 and has lived in Howard County, Maryland, her entire life. She's thrilled to be a reporter for WTOP telling stories on air. She works as both a television and radio reporter in the Maryland and D.C. areas. 

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