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William Conner Shot Dead in Stafford County

STAFFORD, Va. — Sheriff’s deputies were called to a home at 636 Belle Plains Road in Stafford County, near Fredericksburg, at 10:18 p.m. Sunday for a report of a man who had been shot.

A friend of the victim told deputies that William Conner, 35, had been shot while on his front porch. The victim staggered off porch and was found dead in the yard, said Stafford sheriff’s spokesman Bill Kennedy.

Police set up a perimeter and called in a Maryland State Police helicopter in an attempt to find the suspect following the shooting, identified as Mark Howsare.

Here’s more in a press release:

Units from the Sheriff’s Office maintained a perimeter around the suspect’s residence as numerous attempts were made to contact Mark Howsare. A helicopter from the Maryland State Police was called in to assist. Shortly after 1:25 this morning Mark Howsare was taken into custody by members of the Stafford Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team, in his bathroom, still armed with a handgun. Howsare was taken into custody without further incident.

The initial investigation indicates that the victim in this incident, who frequently visited the residence, had gone to a local store to return an air mattress for Mr. Howsare but was unable to do so. When the victim returned to the residence he was locked out of the house. An argument then ensued with Mr. Howsare who was still inside. During that argument Mr. Howsare opened the door and shot a hand gun with several of the shots hitting the victim. The reasons for the argument are unclear at this time.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing. No other information will be available at this time.

Howsare, 62, of 636 Belle Plains Road is currently incarcerated at the Rappahannock Regional Jail under no bond.

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