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Police say fight between brothers led to gunshots

January 16, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

SANDY HOOK - A fight between two brothers early Thursday evening escalated to gunshots, a brief standoff with authorities and the arrest of one of the men, sheriff's deputies said.

Washington County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Doug Mullendore said deputies were sent to the 18900 block of Sandy Hook Road after receiving reports that two shots were fired just before 5:45 p.m.

Mullendore said the man police alleged fired the shots, later identified as Mack L. Kennan, barricaded himself in the home for nearly an hour. No one was injured in the incident, Mullendore said.

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Deputy Jon Molineaux, the first officer on the scene, said a fistfight between Mack Keenan, 25, of 18906A Sandy Hook Road and his brother, Wilbur Keenan, 35, of the same address, led to the shooting and eventual standoff.

Molineaux alleged that Mack Keenan pointed a shotgun at his older brother from the porch of the residence, then pointed in the air and fired two rounds.

Mack Keenan was charged with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment, Molineaux said.

Residents said deputies were on the scene, literally, in seconds.

Molineaux, who was patrolling in the area, said he was in the "right place at the right time."

"I was driving down the road, and I saw a car in the middle of the road," Molineaux said. "Just as I was getting out of my car, they were dispatching the call."

Deputies evacuated the immediate area and established a perimeter outside the double-wide trailer, set about 70 yards from the road running along train tracks and the banks of the Potomac River.

Deputies said they convinced Mack Keenan to surrender at 6:38 p.m.

Deputies took Mack Keenan from the scene to Washington County Hospital at 7 p.m.

He was taken to the hospital for injuries to his legs and possible broken ribs he suffered earlier in the day, Molineaux said. He said the man apparently fell off a porch.

Mack Keenan was treated, released and taken to sheriff's department headquarters to await an appearance before a Washington County District Court Commissioner, Molineaux said.

Neighbor Eddie Longerbeam said he heard the shots and spoke with "the older brother" immediately after.

Longerbeam said he does not know the brothers well and could not immediately recall their names.

He said the man to whom he spoke "came running down here and told me to call the cops," said Longerbeam, who said he was in his residence with his wife and infant son at the time of the incident. "I told him 'it's your brother, you call the cops - I'm not getting involved in anyone's quarrels.'"

Neighbor Bonnie Deener said there had been no problems at the residence since the brothers moved there in 2003.

"Those two, they're good kids," Deener said.

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