Howard County police: Father fatally shoots son during domestic dispute in Marriottsville

Howard County police say a father fatally shot his son in Marriottsville on Tuesday night during a domestic dispute.

Stephen Michael Tucker, 38, of Randallstown, died at the scene after reportedly being shot once by his father, Stephen Dwight Tucker, 68, of Marriottsville, according to police.


Officers were called to the 1500 block of Marriottsville Road at 8:16 p.m. for a report that a man had been shot. When they arrived on scene, they found the son dead and his father with visible injuries, according to police.

Howard County police said officials are consulting with Howard County’s state’s attorney’s office and that no charges have been announced relating to the incident Tuesday night. Police said that “no additional information is available at this early stage; the investigation is ongoing.”

Police wrote in a statement released Wednesday morning that the shooting occurred during an altercation between the two men after the son had allegedly assaulted and injured a different family member at another residence and damaged property shortly before driving to his father’s house.

Another resident inside the Marriottsville home called 911 and the father remained on the scene as police arrived, according to police. No charges have been filed at this time.

Stephen Michael Tucker, the son, has a long history of assault and other criminal convictions, according to Maryland Judiciary court records.

He was convicted of second-degree assault in a March 2018 incident in Carroll County, online records show. A peace order was filed against him in relation to that same incident.

On March 11, 2018, Tucker assaulted a neighbor in front of their home in the unit block of George St. in Westminster with an expandable baton, according to Carroll County District Court records.

Several neighbors witnessed the assault and one neighbor took video footage of it, according to the statement of charges. Two men took Tucker “to the ground” and waited for police to arrive.


The dispute began when Tucker made “verbal threats” against the neighbor’s wife, accusing her of calling police on him, according to the statement of charges.

Officer Evan Kinsey of the Westminster Police Department responded to the assault and wrote in the statement of charges that he recognized Tucker from a previous encounter that day involving another disorderly conduct complaint against Tucker.

The son was also convicted of second-degree assault for separate incidents in Howard County in 2012 and in Carroll County in 2004, according to court records.

He was also convicted of theft and of making false statements to police officers, according to Maryland Judiciary court records.

The home where the shooting took place Tuesday night sits on several wooded acres in rural Howard County. Access to the driveway was blocked by a lock white gate. A neighbor told The Baltimore Sun, “The man living there is a kind and gentle man." The neighbor did not want to give her name saying she didn’t want to get involved. She said she didn’t know the son.