Suspect in killing of two brothers 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 is alsoaccused of shooting 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 without bail.

Killed were Louis A. Moreland, 39, of Edgewater, an 18-year veteran firefighter, and Edward Warren Moreland, 38, of Lusby, a siding installer.

Authorities said the Morelands were putting siding on a house in 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. Police said he became enraged when he learned the man was not at work. Seven rounds were fired from a shotgun, police said. Authorities said neither Moreland was involved in the romantic dispute.

Edward Moreland died at the construction site. Louis Moreland, died at Prince George's Hospital Center's Trauma Unit in Cheverly.

As state troopers chased Keyser, a shotgun was fired at Trooper M.D. Lass, hitting his patrol car at least four times, police said.

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