A homeless man who regularly visited the food bank at an Ellicott City church is thought to have shot a co-rector and killed an administrative assistant there Thursday night, police said Friday.
Douglas Franklin Jones, 56, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the woods near St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Thursday night. Howard County police believe he shot the two women in the church office before going to the woods, where he had been living.
“Investigators have learned that Jones had recently been involved in a dispute with church members,” police said in a statement. “He visited the church regularly to access their food bank but recently had become belligerent and argumentative.”
Brenda Brewington, 59, of Ellicott City was found dead at the church. She was an administrative assistant at St. Peter’s, according to the church’s Web site.
The Rev. Marguerite Mary Kohn, 62, of Halethorpe, Md., is in critical condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, police said. Kohn is the co-rector of St. Peter’s, according to the church’s Web site. According to a statement by the church, she “remains on life support in critical condition to support the family intentions to provide the gift of life through organ donation.”