Police Identify Body of Suspect in Church Shootings

Douglas Franklin Jones, who used St. Peter's food bank, was found dead in the woods Thursday after two women were shot at the church.

Police have identified the body of a suspect in the church shooting Thursday evening in Ellicott City as that of a man who visited the church food pantry.

Howard County Police say Douglas Franklin Jones, 56, was found dead in a wooded area near St. Peter’s Episcopal Church with a handgun near his body.

Police say he died of a "self-inflicted gunshot wound."

Brenda Brewington, 59, of Ellicott City was found dead and Mary-Marguerite Kohn, 62, of Arbutus was found with gunshot wounds in an office at St. Peter’s.

Police said Kohn was in "very critical condition."

Police said Jones had regularly been visiting the church’s food bank, but recently he had become “belligerent and argumentative.” Police say Jones’ disputes with the church may have been his motive for the shootings. 

Police say they believe Jones was living in a campsite in the woods where they found personal belongings.

Bob May 09, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Why is it offensive?
Bob May 09, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Why would the comment bother you? what is wrong withmsomeone lamenting a nice neighborhood becoming not so "nice". It is getting worse here. There is overdevelopment because of someone elses GREED. No other reason. Of course murders do happen everywhere, it has nothing to do with the world changing. It has to do with society.
Brandie Jefferson May 10, 2012 at 01:55 AM
BigBlue56, we will as soon as we can find out. Thanks for commenting.
Tony Noakes May 21, 2012 at 01:08 AM
I knew Frank Jones for over twenty years he was a neighbor of mine, In my wildest of dreams would i ever think this man could have done such a horrible act. My heart and prayers go out to the family of the victims. I have to agree with dave this could have happened several different ways. This man loved to hunt and fish, he had a thriving landscaping business. I know things began to go downhill after he lost his home several years ago, maybe this was a downward spiral i don't know. The frank jones i knew would do any thing within his power to help someone, very kind, soft spoken man. So this being said there is always a story behind something so tragic. I just continue to pray for all of the families and people this has touched. Tony Noakes
Susan Stockley May 21, 2012 at 11:20 AM
I am from Pittsfield, MA. where Mary-M was our interuim priest for two years. She was a blessing to everyone she met. We held a vigil for her, the secretary, and included Frank Jones in the Vigil. I was furious at first when I saw him in the bulletin with both ladies, because I was so angry and hurt. But we have such a great priest--that she has taught our parish how to pray for him and his family too. I had a very hard time at first, but reached the point where I can pray for his soul. Very sad for all involved. I know both parishes have started the healing process--I read where some of the Episcopal churches had offered to do the services for him--I thought that was amazing--but that is what we are all about.


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