Victim's mother, son sue killer's estate Prison guard shot co-worker, self

November 04, 1993

The mother and son of a Patuxent Institution corrections officer killed by a fellow officer in a murder-suicide three years ago filed a $5 million suit yesterday against the killer's estate.

Ernestine Rembert and Kenneth Anderson Jr. allege in Anne Arundel Circuit Court papers that the Nov. 4, 1990, shooting death of Vivian Anderson, 38, formerly of Severn, has caused them "mental anguish, emotional pain and suffering, loss of society, companionship, comfort, protection and care."

The suit says that the day before the killing, Eugene K. Davis, 37, a lieutenant at the Patuxent Institution, broke through a front window of her Severn home at about 8 p.m. and "tore apart the house looking for a gun to kill Vivian Anderson," who also was a lieutenant at Patuxent.

When police arrived, Lieutenant Davis was standing on a sofa "with a rope tied to the railing on one end and the other end tied to his neck," according to the suit.

Police took him to the psychiatric unit at North Arundel Hospital, where he continued to make threats against Lieutenant Anderson, according to the suit.

When he was released the next day at 8 a.m., he drove to the Patuxent Institution, where he shot Lieutenant Anderson in the head as she stood in a hallway outside the guards' basement roll-call room. He then shot himself in the head.

Lieutenant Anderson, a 10-year veteran of the corrections system who had just finished the overnight shift, and her assailant, a nine-year veteran, were pronounced dead at the scene.

State police later said that the two were involved in a relationship and described the incident as a domestic dispute.

They said that the weapon, a .38-caliber handgun, was from the prison's arsenal and that Lieutenant Davis had access to it because of his position as a staff supervisor.

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