Suspect Arrested in Homicide on Port Tobacco Road - Southern Maryland Headline News

Suspect Arrested in Homicide on Port Tobacco Road

2nd victim shot and was initially listed in serious condition

Brian Douglas Pierce, 35, of Indian Head, was arrested for shooting 2 victims outside his home Monday; one man died and the other was seriously wounded. Brian Douglas Pierce, 35, of Indian Head, was arrested for shooting 2 victims outside his home Monday; one man died and the other was seriously wounded.

LA PLATA, Md. (Sept. 06, 2017)—On Monday, Sept. 4, at approximately 1:56 p.m., officers responded to the 6000 block of Port Tobacco Road in Indian Head for the report of a shooting in which two males had been shot. Prior to arrival, officers learned the victims fled on foot. Officers and paramedics located the victims about 500 yards away from where the shooting occurred and administered first aid; however, one of the victims, Robert Tywaughn Branson, 39, of Indian Head, died on the scene. The other victim, 42, of Indian Head, was transported to a hospital in serious condition.

The initial investigation revealed the homeowner, Brian Douglas Pierce, 35, shot the victims, both of whom he knew, outside his house. After the shooting, Pierce fled in his car, which was found abandoned on Friendship Landing Road in Nanjemoy by a K9 officer canvassing the area.

With the assistance of officers and support teams from the Maryland State Police, MSP Trooper 2, Virginia State Police, Department of Natural Resources Police, and the Prince George's County Police Department, a perimeter was established and officers conducted a search, but Pierce was not located. He turned himself in today at 7:30 a.m. at the CCSO La Plata District Station.

Pierce will be charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault and other related charges. A motive is not immediately clear.

Anyone with additional information is asked to call Det. J. Elliott at (301) 609-6515. The investigation is ongoing.

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