Charles County Sheriff's Office

Incident Brief

The following is a sample of recent Charles County Sheriff’s Office investigations. For information about crimes not included in this report, visit and search by county, city, zip code or street address.

SUSPECT CHARGED AFTER SHOOTING ACQUAINTANCE: On February 4 at 9:16 p.m., officers responded to the 6300 block of Barnett Smith Place in Indian Head for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a 42-year-old male with a single gunshot wound to his back. The victim was flown to a hospital with serious injuries. An investigation revealed that Thomas Michael Smith, 69, of Indian Head was responsible for the shooting which took place during an argument between Smith and the victim, who was an acquaintance. Smith was arrested and charged with attempted first-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. Detective J. Elliott is investigating.

Charles County Crime Solvers offers rewards of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest or indictment of a person responsible for a crime in Charles County. Anyone with information about an unsolved crime or the location of a fugitive may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS, texting CHARLES + the tip to CRIMES (274637) or submitting tips online at All individuals who provide tips through Crime Solvers will remain anonymous. Learn more at the CCSO’s website.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office is a full-service law enforcement agency comprised of more than 600 police, corrections and civilian personnel responsible for protecting more than 150,000 residents. The CCSO was accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) in 2001 and has been designated as a CALEA Gold Standard of Excellence agency since 2011. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit      

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