Suspect in murder surrenders ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

May 19, 1993|By Peter Hermann | Peter Hermann,Staff Writer

A man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend to death in front o the victim's relatives and neighbors Monday afternoon in Glen Burnie surrendered to police last night in Salisbury, ending a 27-hour manhunt.

Gregory Edward Byrd, 29, of Lansdowne, was charged early yesterday in a warrant with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Loretta Lynn Shifflett, 23, who apparently refused to rekindle their broken relationship.

The search for Mr. Byrd intensified yesterday evening when Salisbury city police officers evacuated three dwellings, surrounded an apartment building on Madison Street and persuaded the man to give himself up.

Ms. Shifflett, who lived in the 7800 block of Twin Ridge Drive, was shot three times in the chest and arms with a 9 mm handgun, Anne Arundel police said. She was pronounced dead at North Arundel Hospital shortly after the 5:40 p.m. shooting.

Sgt. Robert Jaschik, head of Anne Arundel's homicide unit, said Ms. Shifflett had broken an engagement with Mr. Byrd, who lives in the 1700 block of Wilson Ave. in Lansdowne, Baltimore County.

"The wedding got called off," Sergeant Jaschik said. "Apparently, he [Mr. Byrd] didn't like that."

Police from Anne Arundel and Baltimore counties had been searching for Mr. Byrd all day.

At 1 a.m., Baltimore County police surrounded the suspect's Lansdowne home, where he lives with his parents, and spent four hours trying to make contact by using a telephone and bullhorn. Mr. Byrd's parents were with police.

At 5 a.m., police went into the home using a key provided by the man's mother, and found it empty.

Four hours later, Anne Arundel police got a tip that Mr. Byrd might have been heading to Salisbury to stay with a relative.

By 2:30 p.m., Salisbury police Capt. Elton Harrington said his department confirmed that the fugitive was inside a house that had been converted into four apartments and is owned by a friend of Mr. Byrd's.

At 4:30 p.m., a tactical team of 20 officers sealed off the 700 block of Madison St., evacuated three dwellings, and at 6:45 p.m., officers called the apartment building. Mr. Byrd answered the phone, Captain Harrington said.

At first, the man claimed he did not know the officers were outside, but then he called his attorney and surrendered. Captain Harrington said Mr. Byrd was taken into custody without incident.

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