DATE: October 1, 2021                  

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

On September 30, detectives were conducting an investigation into an assault and were inside a residence in the 200 block of Gentry Court in Bryans Road. During the investigation, detectives found that Edward Carroll Gaines, 73, of Bryans Road, was in possession of a firearm.  It was discovered that Gaines was prohibited from possessing a regulated firearm due to a previous felony conviction. Investigators also learned Gaines had an open warrant through the Maryland State Police. Gaines was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and illegal possession of ammunition. The investigation into the assault is ongoing.

Edward Carroll Gaines

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