Network News

X My Profile
View More Activity

Anger over noise may have led to man's death

Dan Morse

A 45-year-old man in a tiny Frederick County town was charged with murder Wednesday morning after investigators said he shot his younger brother inside their house, officials said.

Details were still emerging, but Allen L. Nichols apparently had become upset that his brother and others in the house were making too much noise.

Nichols was being held in the Frederick County jail without bond.

About 10:45 p.m. Tuesday night, officers were called to his house in the Knoxville community in the southwest corner of the county near Harpers Ferry, W.V. The caller reported that shots had been fired.

Once inside the home, officers found the body of Terry J. Nichols, 43, in the kitchen. He’d been shot in the head. Upstairs was older brother Allen, in a bedroom, who was arrested without incident, according to a news release from the Maryland state police. No one else was inside the house at the time.

But earlier in the evening, Terry Nichols, his mother -- who also lived in the house, in the 200 block of Knoxville Road -- and others were talking on the first floor, according to police.

“They heard the accused (Allen Nichols) banging on the floor of his upstairs bedroom and said they were aware he was apparently upset over noise they were making,” police said in their release.

Minutes later, authorities alleged, Allen Nichols came downstairs and met his brother, who had gone into the kitchen. An argument ensued between the two and witnesses heard a gunshot, police said.

A gun was found in the house.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

-- Dan Morse

By Dan Morse  |  December 2, 2009; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  Dan Morse , Homicide , Maryland  
Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati   Google Buzz   Previous: Man found shot dead in Temple Hills
Next: Jailhouse rock: Enter our first-ever contest

Comments

Guns don't kill people.....

Posted by: jckdoors | December 2, 2009 3:47 PM | Report abuse

I thought people only died of gunshots from vicious, urban, home invaders?

Posted by: jabreal00 | December 2, 2009 7:40 PM | Report abuse

The comments to this entry are closed.

 
 
RSS Feed
Subscribe to The Post

© 2010 The Washington Post Company