Thursday, February 14, 2013

Garrison, MD: Woman killed in domestic dispute at Garrison home

A woman was found killed and two small children located unharmed in Garrison late Tuesday when a Baltimore County Police tactical unit forced its way into a home following a call about a possible domestic dispute.

Katie Hadel, 33, had been stabbed multiple times, and was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

A suspect, Jeffrey Michael Shiflett, also 33, of Annapolis, who had been in a previous relationship with Hadel, was located at 11:02 a.m. Wednesday walking along a road in Reisterstown, and taken into custody without incident, police said.

Police identified Shiflett early Thursday morning. He has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center, police said. The suspect is not Hadel's husband, police said.

Officers responded to the home in the unit block of Wellhaven Circle — near the McDonogh School — at 10:09 p.m. after receiving the call. They knocked on the door but received no answer, said Lt. Rob McCullough, a police spokesman.

Hearing motion inside, officers called in a special tactical unit, which then forced its way in, McCullough said.

Inside, officers located the dead woman and the two small children, who appeared physically unharmed, McCullough said.

"It appeared the suspect had left the location prior to our arrival," McCullough said.

The 911 call had been placed by a neighbor. Police have not confirmed the ages of the two children who were in the home. They have also not explained the status or type of relationship between Hadel and Shiflett.

"This is still an ongoing investigation so we are not ready yet to provide details about the relationships of the people involved here," said Elise Armacost, a police spokeswoman, on Wednesday.

Homicide detectives are investigating the case.

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