After killing his estranged wife's boyfriend on Halloween night, an Anne Arundel County officer continued firing his department-issued handgun indiscriminately, even as his 5- and 6-year-old sons were frozen in place in the family's Millersville home, the wife said yesterday.
Lisa Frendlich, 34, said she swooped up the boys - one under each arm - and carried them outside before returning to the living room to try to persuade her husband not to take his life. Ignoring her pleas, Officer David Keith Frendlich fatally shot himself in the head, his wife said in a detailed interview.
Lisa Frendlich said yesterday she was still searching for a way to tell her sons that their father had killed himself. "Both of them keep asking where Daddy is," she said. "I just tell them he's away."
Meanwhile, the family of her slain boyfriend, Ronald Larry Boliek, said the 35-year-old Odenton man had complained to police about what he said was the officer's erratic behavior.
"We're all perturbed that police never did anything," brother Richard Boliek said yesterday.
O'Brien Atkinson, president of the county's Fraternal Order of Police, said officers under internal investigation routinely contact the union's lawyer and that Frendlich, a 10-year veteran, had not done so.
Lisa Frendlich continued to share a home with her husband, even though she had been dating Boliek, an electrician, for nearly a year. A physical education teacher at Lindale Middle School in Linthicum, she met Ronald Boliek in December while she was a cheerleading coach for his now-8-year-old daughter, Kimberly, who was present when her father was shot.
Yesterday, Lisa Frendlich and Boliek's relatives recounted instances of conflict between the two men.
At a cheerleading competition in January at Glen Burnie High School, David Frendlich charged into the gymnasium stands and snapped photos of his wife's boyfriend, telling him he "would be sorry," said several who attended the event, including Donna Boliek, the slain man's sister-in-law.
Ronald Boliek complained to several people - including Lisa Frendlich and his brother - that the officer parked his police cruiser outside Boliek's home once during the summer.
The day before Halloween, David Frendlich had dropped off the couple's children at the boyfriend's home, telling the man, "Here, it's Lisa's turn," she said. No other words were exchanged, and David Frendlich left the property, she said.
The next day, Lisa Frendlich and her children arrived at their home on Daniels Purchase Way in Millersville about 3 p.m. Her husband's car was not in the driveway, and it did not appear that he was home, she said. Police officers later found the car parked on nearby Anna Lane.
The mother and her children had been passing out candy and watching television. About 9:30 p.m., Ronald Boliek stopped by with his daughter to take Lisa Frendlich and her sons for a late dinner at Friendly's. She said her husband emerged from downstairs and without a word began firing at Boliek, hitting him several times.
She carried the boys outside and used her cellular phone to call 911, she said. Then she went back into the house and tried to talk to her husband, who had been shouting that he would kill himself. When officers arrived at 9:43 p.m., about five minutes after getting the 911 call, David Frendlich was lying in the living room with a gunshot wound to the head.