Night of Violence Ends in Shootout

Police charge Douglas Wayne Pryor in deaths of ex-girlfriend, police officer

Washington County, MD – The violence that left a woman and a police officer dead Wednesday night started at an apartment complex in Halfway, moved to a field near Smithsburg and ended in a shootout outside the historic Ringgold Meeting House, police said.

Douglas Wayne Pryor, 29, of 23432 Welty Church Road in Smithsburg, was charged Thursday in the stabbing death of his former girlfriend, Alison Munson, 31, of Halfway, and in the fatal shooting of Smithsburg Police Officer Christopher Shane Nicholson, 25, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department said. The charges against Pryor include first- and second-degree murder, the department said.

Pryor was taken into custody after he was shot in an exchange of gunfire with Washington County Special Response Team members, Sheriff Douglas Mullendore said. Pryor was listed in serious condition Thursday night at Washington County Hospital, a nursing supervisor said.

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