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Harford Sheriff's Office investigating murder-suicide in Street

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A 72-year-old Street woman was killed by her 72-year-old husband, who then killed himself, in their residence May 3, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies assigned to the Northern Precinct were called to the 3600 block of Conowingo Road in Street around 10:15 p.m. Thursday after a family member found the husband and wife deceased in the home, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Deputies found the woman, identified as Brenda Johns, deceased from a gunshot wound, according to the release. Deputies also found her husband, identified as Charles Johns, deceased in another room from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Both victims were pronounced dead at the scene, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division were requested to respond and assume the investigation, and detectives with the Forensic Services Unit responded to process the scene for evidence.

The motive and time of death are still undetermined, Cristie Kahler, director of media relations for the Sheriff’s Office, said.

This investigation remains active and ongoing, Kahler said.

“In general, anything and everything is considered evidence, both physical and, when available, testimonial from either a witness or notes left on scene. T

“This also includes the positioning of the bodies, the positioning of the weapon in relation to the bodies and the trajectory of the bullet,” Kahler said. “Final determination is made after an evaluation of all evidence in conjunction with the medical examiner’s findings. As far as motive, any theories would be purely speculation.”

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Detective Seth Culver at 443-409-3498.

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