Murder USA Kyle Shurtleff charged with loading up his girlfriends ride with extra lead; he missed her and killed the car
LUSBY, MD. – A St. Mary’s County man with an explosive personality was tracked down by Maryland’s top sleuths and installed in the slammer in charges of just about everything that a person can be charged with when acting like a crazed loon who fired deadly rounds at his ex-girlfriend.
Maryland State Fugitive Squad Commander 1st Sgt. John Vanhoy told THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY that Kyle Shurtleff was arrested while he made a stop at a Calvert County gas station. Troopers from the Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region, arrested Shurtleff who was wanted for a shooting in St. Mary’s County that took place in January.
The suspect is identified as Kyle Clark Shurtleff, 25, of 22790 Budds Creek Road, Leonardtown, Maryland. In a recent round with the law, Shurtleff was charged with malicious burning and second-degree arson for acts he pleaded guilty to committing that took place on April 25, 2014, which might account for why his shooting victim is his ex-girlfriend. There are easier ways to end a relationship, but arson and murder have proven to be effective for time eternal.
In St. Mary’s Circuit Court on Sept. 14, 2016, Shurtleff got a plea deal from St. Mary’s States Attorney Richard Fritz that has yet to be resolved. A presentence investigation was ordered on Sept. 15, 2016, and notice of hearing were set for Jan. 18, 2017, just a few days before he is accused of shooting at his ex-girlfriend.
Shurtleff has been in a protracted child custody and child support battle with Maria Toro, of St. Leonard, Md., and Child Support Enforcement and Social Services in Calvert County which has resulted in him being jailed twice in the past two years for failing to pay child support. His most recent ex-girlfriend is a St. Mary’s resident. On his Facebook page, Shurtleff states that he went to Patuxent High School in Calvert County as well as Calvert High, lives in Leonardtown and is in a relationship with Sarah Brown.
Shurtleff has been charged twice with domestic violence resulting in court orders in 2010 and 2011 ordering him to stay away from the victim, to not abuse or bother the victim at school or home. On Jan. 10, 2011, the case was dismissed when the plaintiff failed to appear in court.
Shurtleff’s apparent long-running inability to control his temper is rooted in an arrest that took place on Dec. 15, 2010. His residence at the time was at Project Echo when he was arrested by Maryland State Trooper D. J. Saucerman for disorderly conduct and disturbing a school operation.
Project Echo is a homeless shelter in Prince Frederick, Md., as well as provides transitional housing for up to ninety days and accommodates 40 persons, men, and women, according to its website. The shelter requires that homeless must be sober, have a photo ID, not have any open warrants, not have alcohol or drugs, not be a registered sex offender, turn in all prescription medication and meet the approval of the house manager.
In Calvert County District Court in a plea deal with the Calvert States Attorney, Shurtleff entered a guilty plea and was sentenced to jail for sixty days with all of the jail time suspended. He was jailed in 2011 and 2012.
On Nov. 18, 2010, the Calvert County States Attorney brought charges of second-degree assault against Shurtleff. On Nov. 19, 2012, he entered a guilty plea in exchange for a sentence of six days in jail, with credit for time served of six days. In each of his criminal cases, a taxpayer provided attorney represented him in court.
Shurtleff was arrested without incident on Feb. 2, 2017, around 4:15 p.m. at a gas station in Calvert County. He was transported to the Leonardtown Barrack for processing and booked in the Hotel St. Mary’s.
Police say that Shurtleff’s ex-girlfriend was not injured when shortly before 9:00 p.m. on Monday, January 23, 2017, the St. Mary’s County 911 Center received a call from the victim stating her ex-boyfriend was shooting at her while she was inside her vehicle.
Troopers from the Leonardtown Barracks were immediately dispatched and responded to the scene at the residence on Budds Creek Road in Leonardtown.
The car she was driving was inoperable with obvious bullet holes throughout the exterior of the vehicle.
Upon their arrival, the female victim was found, unharmed and inside her vehicle, a short distance from the suspect’s home where the incident allegedly occurred. The car she was driving was inoperable with obvious bullet holes throughout the exterior of the vehicle.
The victim told police she had been in a previous relationship with Shurtleff and was on her way to his house. While she was in the driveway of his house, Shurtleff allegedly came out of the home and began firing shots at her vehicle. He then got into a nearby silver Nissan Xterra and used the vehicle to block her in the driveway and reportedly exited the car and stood in front of the victim’s car and continued to fire multiple shots. After he had fired several rounds, he got into a red 1998 Toyota 4 Runner and fled the scene.
There were an adult woman and her three children inside the home during the incident. Police believe she is the owner of the red Toyota 4 Runner Shurtleff used to flee the scene.
Investigators from the Maryland State Police Criminal Enforcement Division, Central South Region developed information and evidence following the shooting that identified Shurtleff as the person responsible, and an arrest warrant was issued. TFC. Kyle Morris placed charges of attempted first-degree murder, first and second-degree assault, illegal possession of a firearm and ammo, reckless endangerment
Members of the Maryland State Apprehension Team and Criminal Enforcement Division Central South Region investigators located Shurtleff at a gas station in Lusby, Maryland. Shurtleff was by himself and was arrested without incident.