A state correctional officer was slain in front of her Northwest Baltimore house yesterday as she returned home from taking a grandchild to school, police said.
Theresa Katrina Johnson, 41, was attacked as she opened the gate to her house in the 3600 block of Gwynn Oak Avenue by a man who ran up from behind and fired many shots into her head, said Dennis S. Hill, a police spokesman.
Mr. Hill said the assailant, described only as a man wearing a black jacket with the picture of an 8-ball on the back, ran down the street after the attack and jumped into a maroon car occupied by another male.
Police later arrested a 23-year-old Kevin Moses of the 700 block of West Saratoga Street--who was thought to be a boyfriend of one of Ms. Johnson's daughters. Investigators believe was not the gunman, but charged him as an accomplice with first-degree murder and use of a handgun in a felony.
Police said Ms. Johnson had just returned home from working the 11 p.m.-to-7 a.m. shift at the Maryland Reception, Diagnostic and Classification Center. The center houses inmates who have just been sentenced to the state correctional system.
Sgt. Gregory M. Shipley, a state prison spokesman, said Ms. Johnson had been a correctional officer since January 1985.
Police said Ms. Johnson took a grandchild to school and had opened the gate in front of the house about 8:40 a.m. when she was killed.
Relatives in the house heard the gunshots and rushed outside to find Ms. Johnson lying dead along the fence.
Neighbors provided police with an account of the shooting.
Mr. Hill said detectives were working on the theory that the slaying resulted from a domestic dispute. Sergeant Shipley said he was unaware of any work problems that might be related to the murder.