Seventeen months before a Dundalk man allegedly fatally shot his wife Tuesday, she filed a protective order against him — saying he was “unstable,” “threatening” and had installed cameras inside their house to watch his family, according to court documents.
Kevin Dipietrantonio, 51, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of his wife, Janice Lynn Dipietrantonio, 47, of the 1700 block of Brookview Road in Dundalk, according to police.
When Baltimore County police arrived at the home around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, they found Kevin Dipietrantonio walking outside, holding a Ruger .44 Magnum Super Blackhawk revolver, according to charging documents.
Police told him to drop the weapon, and he tossed it into the front yard before telling officers something like: “She’s dead in the backroom,” documents say.
A Baltimore Police detective has been suspended after a Harford County judge issued an order barring him from carrying a gun after his children's mother leveled allegations of domestic violence and child abuse.
He had been charged previously for second-degree assault and domestic violence, according to court records.
Janice Dipietrantonio filed for a domestic violence protective order against her husband in October 2017 after he allegedly had a physical altercation with another family member. In the filing, she wrote that her husband had installed cameras in their home that only he could access.
“We are watched at all times,” Janice Dipietrantonio wrote in the request for the order.
She also wrote that her husband installed spyware on her cellphone, read her text messages with a family member and then threw the phone at her, shattering it.
“There is a shotgun in the house and Kevin is unstable, verbally threatening and physically threatening,” Janice Dipietrantonio wrote.
Two Anne Arundel County police officers serving one of the new “red flag” protective orders to remove guns from a household killed a Ferndale man after he refused to give up his gun and a struggle ensued early Monday morning, police said.
The protective order was dismissed in November 2017 after Janice Dipietrantonio requested dismissal, according to court documents.
A related 2017 charge of second-degree assault against the other family member was placed on the stet docket — a postponement or halt of court proceedings — in December 2018, under the condition that Dipietrantonio would have no contact with the victim.
Police responded to the Brookview Road address Tuesday for a possible homicide after a concerned family member called 911 from another location to report the incident.
According to charging documents, the caller, Dipietrantonio’s daughter, said her father had called and told her he shot her stepmother.
County officers entered the residence and found Janice Dipietrantonio in a bedroom suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
“She was a valuable, longtime member of our college community,” Davis wrote in an email. “We are extremely saddened by her untimely death and will continue to keep the DiPietrantonio family in our thoughts and prayers.”