A 38-year-old woman was stabbed to death at her Dundalk home last night after her ex-boyfriend, who was later shot to death by Baltimore County police, apparently broke through the front door of her red brick rowhouse.
Roxanne Schuncke, who neighbors said was a nurse, was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple stab wounds.
The man, whose name was not released by police last night, was shot multiple times by two officers after he refused to drop the knife he was holding, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Cpl. Vickie Warehime, a Baltimore County police spokeswoman, said the incident in the 7400 block of Manchester Road unfolded shortly after 7 p.m. when police received several calls from neighbors saying the man -- well-known in the neighborhood -- was breaking into the house.
Officers arrived minutes later and found the front door broken in and glass broken. As they entered the house, they saw blood in the hallway, leading to an upstairs bathroom, and heard a struggle upstairs.
Warehime said that when police entered the bathroom, they were confronted by a man with a knife. Sgt. Donald Smith and Officer Michael Mertz, both of the North Point Precinct, ordered him to drop the knife. When the man failed to do so, officers fired an undetermined number of shots, killing him.
Judith Bannon, who lives across the street and watched the incident from her front porch, said that before police arrived, she saw Schuncke desperately trying to make a phone call, only to have the man continue striking her and tearing the phone from her hands.
"I heard screaming, 'Get out of here! Get out of here!' " said Bannon. "He grabbed her by the throat as he threw her against the mirror."
Seconds before police arrived, Bannon said she saw the man run downstairs to the kitchen and grab something, then run back upstairs.
"She kept screaming, 'Stop! Stop!' " said Bannon, who said that by this time police were entering the house.
Neighbors and police said there had been domestic quarrels between Schuncke and the man, who they said used to live at the house. Neighbors also report that police were searching for the man on Thursday afternoon.
Police said the woman's 5-year-old daughter was at her father's home during last night's incident.
The two officers have been placed on administrative duty pending an investigation. That action is standard in such cases, Warehime said.