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Man killed by police after shooting, explosion in Md. had carried gun and harassed community, neighbors say

Colin Campbell, Justin Fenton and Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun on

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BALTIMORE — Few visitors to a particular block of Maury Road near Security Square Mall in Woodlawn could miss the giant signs on Everton Garfield Brown’s home and his Ford Explorer.

“My home & vehicle are continuously being searched by the Authorities,” one read as far back as 2008. “I have never been involved in Any Illegal activities. If you have any information, please Assist Them.”

Brown, who had peace orders filed against him, screamed from his porch through a bullhorn and would walk up and down the sidewalk with a rifle, one neighbor said. He once spent weeks standing in front of the U.S. District Court building on Lombard Street, demanding a stop to “harassment” by federal authorities. Other neighbors said he accused them of working with the FBI to spy on him.

The 56-year-old’s years of erratic behavior devolved into deadly violence early Saturday morning, when he killed three neighbors and was fatally shot by police after an explosion collapsed and burned his Parkview Crossing town house and an attached house in the 7500 block of Maury Road, officials said.

Four Baltimore County police officers fatally shot Brown after they were called just before 7 a.m. for a report of a fire and a gunman. The department on Saturday night identified Brown as the gunman who was killed. No officers were injured, and the department is reviewing body-camera footage of the incident.

Police have offered few details on the circumstances of the incident, which remains under investigation. No family members of Brown could be reached as of Saturday. The names of the other people killed had not been released as of Sunday afternoon.

 

Shireen Hodge, president of the Fair Brook Homeowners Association which supervises units in the area where Brown lived as well as a complex across the street, said Brown had a history of small disputes with neighbors.

For instance, Brown would sometimes park his car in a neighbor’s parking space, leaving his own vacant. Then, he wouldn’t allow any cars to park in his spot, arguing that it was his property. On at least one occasion, a neighbor called the police, Hodge said, and Brown agreed to move his vehicle.

“When he says he wants nobody on his property, he meant the grass cutters as well. So they had to cut around his grass,” Hodge said. “If you were walking in the community, and you got to his sidewalk, you would visibly see people stop, walk onto the street, walk around the car and then come back to the sidewalk — just so that they wouldn’t walk on his property.”

The disputes, however, never escalated further, Hodge said. She said American Community Management, a property management company based in Linthicum, would have kept records of the complaints, but that company did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.

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