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77-year-old man killed Sunday in Dorchester County; son arrested & charged with murder

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Posted at 1:48 PM, Oct 18, 2021

LINKWOOD, Md. — Maryland State Police have arrested two people in connection to the fatal shooting of a 77-year-old man in Dorchester County on Sunday.

Shortly after 2:20 p.m., deputies from the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office were called to the 3700 block of Ocean Gateway in Linkwood for a shooting.

According to a preliminary investigation, the victim, Douglas Washington McKnight, of Linkwood, was declared dead at the scene.

The first suspect, 50-year-old Douglas Lamont McKnight, of Cambridge, has been charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, robbery and the use of a firearm in a violent crime.

He is being held without bail at the Dorchester County Detention Center.

The second suspect, 43-year-old Octavius Ralphfawn Thomas, has been charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder with additional charges pending.

He is being held at the Dorchester County Detention Center and is awaiting a bail review hearing.

The victim, who was the father of the first suspect, was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

His death was ruled a homicide due to multiple injuries and, according to a preliminary investigation, robbery appears to have been the motive in this case.