Diane Richardson
Media Relations Office
(301) 609-6557 or (240) 682-1658

On June 15 at 7:45 p.m., an officer on routine patrol observed a disabled car near the intersection of Acton Lane and Western Parkway in Waldorf. Upon checking on the occupants, he observed two victims, a 39-year-old male and a 25-year-old male, with gunshot wounds. Both victims were flown to a hospital where they were admitted with serious injuries. At the same time the officer was tending to the victims, a 911 call was received indicating a shooting had just occurred in the 2400 block of Shawnee Lane, which is near Acton Lane. When officers arrived, they located Kwasi Louard-Clark, 34, of Waldorf, deceased with apparent gunshot wounds. A preliminary investigation revealed all three victims were together on Shawnee Lane when the suspect fired multiple rounds from a handgun, striking the men. The two victims in the car were able to flee to Acton Lane. Officers tracked the suspect and he was located nearby.  He was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun and officers discovered he had an injury to his head. He was arrested without incident. Richard Middleton, 37, of Brandywine, was charged with first-degree murder, attempted murder and other related charges. The shooting is not random and detectives are continuing to investigate the motive. Anyone with information related to this homicide is asked to call Det. J. Feldman at (301) 609-6474. Tipsters wishing to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at or by using the P3Intel mobile app.

Richard Middleton

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