Charles Town woman killed in shooting, investigation continues

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — A woman is dead and two people have been charged following a suspected homicide.

Charles Town Police responded to a shots fired call at an apartment at 118 North West Street Saturday night. According to a press release from the department, responding officers found Taylor Pond, 28, dead from a gunshot wound.

An investigation revealed Elliott De John Lansdowne, 28 of Maryland, as the alleged shooter.

Lansdowne was arrested by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office at his Jefferson, Maryland home after a warrant was issued on a first degree murder charge. Emma Phillips, 20 of Harpers Ferry, was also arrested and charged with accessory after the fact.

“Following several hours of surveillance, Phillips and Lansdowne were both taken into custody by members of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team and Washington County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. Both were transported to the Frederick County Adult Detention Center on their warrants.” -Frederick County Sheriff’s Office

Charles Town Police and the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office say this is an ongoing investigation. Authorities have not released a motive.

Anyone with information should call Charles Town Police at 304-725-2714 or Jefferson County Emergency Headquarters at 304-725-8484.





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