Wife Found Dead Then Husband Fatally Wounded In Police Shootout: Reports


The Baltimore County Police Department said Maxine Redfern and Arnel Redfern both died in a Friday domestic disturbance call in Parkville. A county police car is pictured above on a different day. (Jacob Baumgart/Patch)

PARKVILLE, MD -Reports said a woman was fatally shot Friday in Parkville and her husband was then fatally wounded in a shootout with police.

Authorities identified the wife as Maxine Redfern, 48, and the husband as Arnel Redfern, 52. 

Citing court records, WBAL reported that the duo was a married couple undergoing divorce after the wife accused her husband of domestic violence.

The Baltimore County Police Department said it was called to the 2700 block of Maple Avenue for a domestic disturbance Friday around 11:30 p.m.

The first responding officer reported hearing a person in distress inside the home, police said.

Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown's office said "shots were heard from inside the home as well as the sound of a woman screaming."

The attorney general said the husband then opened the home's front door and fired a weapon at the officers.

Police said three officers shot back.

The attorney general said a handgun was found next to the man, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

Investigators also found the deceased woman, the attorney general said.

Homicide detectives are investigating the woman's death. 

The attorney general's Independent Investigations Division is looking into the man's death. This team investigates all officers who fire their weapons and decides whether to prosecute them.

The attorney general on Tuesday identified the officers who fired their guns as:

  • Officer Burns, a 22-year veteran
  • Officer Langley, a 22-year veteran
  • Officer Schanberger, an 8-year veteran

The attorney general did not release their first names.

All three are assigned to the Operations Bureau and wore body cameras.

The attorney general will generally release that body camera video within 20 business days of an incident. It could be delayed if investigators need more time for witness interviews, shielding the identity of witnesses or letting relatives view the footage first.

This map shows the area where reports said the shooting happened.

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