Suspect in killing of 2 surrenders

October 10, 2001|By Laura Barnhardt | Laura Barnhardt,SUN STAFF

A man suspected of killing an Anne Arundel County firefighter and his brother before taking a woman hostage in her Calvert County home surrendered to police yesterday, authorities said.

Matthew T. Keyser, who also allegedly shot at a state trooper after the killings Monday, surrendered after the woman fled through a back door, police said.

Keyser, 32, of Lusby was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder, authorities said. He was being held last night without bail at St. Mary's County Detention Center in Leonardtown.

Keyser is charged in the fatal shootings of brothers Louis A. Moreland of Edgewater, an 18-year-veteran firefighter, and Edward Warren Moreland of Lusby, a siding installer.

Authorities said the Morelands were putting siding on a house in the St. Mary's County late Monday morning when they were shot. Police said Keyser, who was installing a roof at the site, was angry because he thought a man was having an affair with his wife. After apparently seeking a confrontation, he became enraged when he learned the man was not at work. Authorities said neither Moreland was involved in the dispute.

Edward Moreland died at the construction site. Louis Moreland, an apparatus operator based at the Harwood-Lothian fire station in southern Anne Arundel County, died at Prince George's Hospital Center's Trauma Unit in Cheverly several hours after the shooting.

As state troopers chased Keyser from the construction site north toward Calvert County, shots were fired from Keyser's pickup truck at Trooper M.D. Lass. The shots missed but at least four bullets struck his patrol car, police said.

Lass returned fire, and Keyser ran into a wooded area, police said.

St. Mary's County sheriff's deputies saw the man in the driveway of a trailer in Lusby, where an Oldsmobile was stolen. As the deputies approached, he rammed the car into a fence and forced his way into a trailer, said Lt. John Horne of the sheriff's department.

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