Man wounds his wife, fatally shoots himself

March 16, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Ending a standoff of several hours, Baltimore County police fired tear gas into a Dundalk-area home, then burst in last night and found the body of a man who apparently shot himself.

The body of Joseph Carnahan, 41, of the 8000 block of Wallace Road in Charlesmont was found about 11: 20 p.m., police said.

Police said the standoff began after Carnahan allegedly shot his wife, Christine, in the upper torso in the back yard about 5: 10 p.m., then locked himself in the house. Carnahan was arrested Saturday after assaulting his wife but returned to their home yesterday after posting $3,500 bond, police said.

Yesterday evening, Mrs. Carnahan went home to get belongings and was shot as she tried to flee, police said.

Police said Mrs. Carnahan was in stable condition today at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Pub Date: 3/16/98

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