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Edgewood man died from gunshot wound, police say

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The Harford County Sheriff's Office said an Edgewood man found dead on Sunday morning died from a gunshot wound and the case is being treated as a homicide.

Robert Wesley Johns, 51, was found dead in his home in the 1700 block of Fountain Rock Way at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, after an anonymous call was made to the police. The neighborhood in the Edgewater Village community has a history of violent crime incidents.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Eddie Hopkins said a noise complaint was also filed about the home earlier that day, shortly after midnight. He said deputies came out but did not find anything.

"They knocked on the door. There was no answer. There was no disturbance. Lights were on but there was nothing unusual or suspicious. They did not see him nor did they enter the home," Hopkins said.

Later that morning, however, deputies returned to check on Johns' well-being and found the home locked but with a TV playing inside, according to a Sheriff's Office news release. After no one answered the door, deputies observed blood on the door. They forced entry and found the body of a dead white male on the floor and the home in disarray.

"They found a home that appeared it had been ransacked," Hopkins said Monday.

The circumstances of the death "is a huge question," Hopkins said.

Johns is believed to have lived alone, Hopkins said. There were no signs of forced entry.

Hopkins did not know if any weapons or other objects were found and said the situation did not seem to be a suicide.

He said investigators have "a general idea" of how Johns may have died but could not release details yet.

The 1700 block of Fountain Rock Way has seen a fair amount of crime and police activity in recent months and going back several years.

It has been the site of several calls for police service within the past year, including a break-in last month

Two shootings on the block injured two people in March and June 2012. In June, a 32-year-old man was shot and survived his wounds.

In November 2012, the block was the site of a stabbing on Thanksgiving night that led to two arrests.

Detectives are continuing their investigation into Johns' death and are asking for the public's help.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Chris Sergeant at 410-836-5428.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may report their information via the Sheriff's Office through http://www.HarfordSheriff.org.

Qualifying tips submitted that lead to a conviction may be eligible for up to $2,000 in rewards.

Tipsters can text a tip to Metro Crime Stoppers by texting "CRIMES" (274637), starting the message with "MCS" and then adding the tip.

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