News Release, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office

Lexington Park, MD- On January 27, 2020, deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 19800 block of Three Notch Road in Lexington Park, for the reported domestic assault, property destruction, and homicidal threats.  

Once on scene officers were advised by the victim that John Francis Tippett Jr., age 43 of Lexington Park, had access to several weapons and had made threats to harm himself and shoot responding police. Tippett broke out the windshield of the victim`s vehicle while she was attempting to flee the area.

Deputies confirmed Tippett had multiple warrants for his arrest. While interviewing the victim, nearby officers heard numerous shots being fired by the suspect. Several 911 calls were received reporting shots being fired in the area. 

Deputies and troopers attempted to contain Tippett and heard shots being fired.  St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Hostage Negotiations Team responded to the scene and began speaking with Tippett.  Tippett went in and out of the residence multiple times, each time shooting at police as well as a compressed gas tank in the driveway.

During the encounter, deputies subsequently returned fire striking Tippett.  Life-saving measures were immediately attempted but Tippett succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.

After securing the scene a suspicious bag was discovered in the driveway prompting the request for the response of the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Tippett will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy.

The investigation is ongoing and updates will be provided as warranted.


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