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Deputy's wife shot at home in Essex Former boyfriend is seized at scene, charged with attempted murder.


A shooting last night in the Essex home of a Baltimore County deputy sheriff left the deputy's wife critically wounded and her former boyfriend arrested and charged with attempted murder.

County police said Ronald D. Lawrence, 38, of the 7300 block of Holabird Ave., was charged with two counts of attempted murder and using a handgun in the commission of a felony.

Other charges were pending.

Police said Mr. Lawrence was held overnight at the Essex station pending a bail hearing today before a District Court commissioner.

Police said a man forced his way into the home of Deputy Sheriff Richard Roberts, 40, in the 1000 block of Foxcroft Lane about 8:30 p.m. and moments later pulled out a handgun and shot Kathleen Roberts, 35, in the chest.

The deputy, who was off duty, retrieved his service revolver and exchanged shots with the man, described as a former suitor of Mrs. Roberts.

Neither man was wounded.

Essex District officers responding to the a shooting report arrested Mr.

Lawrence at the scene.

Mrs. Roberts was flown by State Police Medevac helicopter to Maryland Shock-Trauma Center, where she was in critical condition today.

Police said they could not explain what led to the shooting.

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