Suspect in fatal shooting in custody

Second victim listed in critical condition

Second victim listed in critical condition

November 16, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

WILLIAMSPORT - A Hagerstown man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a man and the wounding of a woman at a Williamsport-area home early Monday was taken into custody Monday night by police in Pennsylvania.

Steven Linn Barr, 41, of 808 Hamilton Blvd. in Hagerstown, who was wanted on a temporary warrant in the double shooting, surrendered to police at about 7:40 p.m. in Silver Spring Township, Pa., near Harrisburg, according to the Silver Spring Township Police Department.

William Keith Grant, 46, of Falling Waters, W.Va., was fatally shot and Cathy Louise Myers, 44, of 12057 Kemps Mill Road, was critically wounded in the shooting at Myers' residence.


The shooting was reported at about 3:40 a.m., according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

Grant was found dead inside the home, Washington County Sheriff's Department Capt. Douglas Mullendore said. Myers was found outside her home, shot at least once, Mullendore said.

Myers was taken to Washington County Hospital and later moved to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to police. She was listed in critical condition Monday evening, a trauma center spokeswoman said.

Myers' daughters, ages 12 and 17, ran from the home during the incident and called 911 from another residence, police said.

Washington County Sheriff Charles Mades said late Monday that a temporary felony warrant was filed against Barr as a "quick fix," partly because deputies were unsure how long it would take to find him. Mades said he was surprised Barr was found Monday.

"We didn't know how that was going to go today," Mades said. "We didn't realize he would be located so quickly."

Temporary felony warrants are issued in major felony crimes to authorize law enforcement officers to hold a suspect, Mullendore said.

Mades said Barr made cellular phone calls to family members and friends from the Kemps Mill Road home following the shooting.

"This morning, he told people he was going to Pennsylvania," Mades said. "He made calls to people as soon as he committed this act."

Mades said Barr and Myers had been romantically involved, but that relationship ended recently.

Mades alleged Barr entered the home, shot Grant several times in the upper body and Myers at least once in the upper body before leaving. Investigators believe Barr was parked on a street nearby, not on Kemps Mill Road, Mades said.

Perry Fischer, Myers' neighbor for 15 years, said all the lights in the house went off in the moments after the shots rang out.

Nearby resident Millie Wiles said she watched some of the ensuing commotion after she and her husband woke up following the shots.

"It's just a shocking thing to have happen, to wake up and have cops all over the neighborhood," Wiles said.

Police in Pennsylvania cornered Barr at about 8 a.m., in Silver Spring Township, near Mechanicsburg. Police Chief Walter Hughes said police were notified of Barr's whereabouts by one of his friends.

Police said that at times during the ensuing standoff, which lasted about 12 hours, Barr held a cocked gun to his head as he talked with four negotiators.

Barr's parents, Charles and Sara Barr of Tilghmanton, were at the scene, but they were not permitted to talk with their son, Charles Barr said.

In April 2000, Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III handed Barr a 10-year suspended prison sentence for second-degree assault.

In that case, Barr had taken his wife, Penny Barr, into a bedroom at the Hamilton Boulevard home, sat on her chest, asked her if she was afraid to die and put a towel around her neck until she passed out, according to published reports at the time.

In court, Penny Barr asked for leniency for her estranged husband saying that he sought treatment voluntarily and was a good father. Barr broke into tears while apologizing to her in the courtroom.

Staff writer Scott Butki and The Patriot-News, of Harrisburg, Pa., contributed to this story.

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