Montgomery County Police have released the names of the victim and the suspect connected with yesterday’s domestic murder-suicide, which took place at the Washingtonian Gas Station at the corner of Route 118 and Route 355 at 12:24 pm. They are both from Germantown, and the murderer was a career criminal who had done long stretches in prison.
The woman who was killed has been identified as Shakina Perkins-Moody, 34, and the male who took his own life when confronted by an off-duty Montgomery County Police officer seconds after shooting his wife was Johnnie Perkins, 42. Both are from the 18200 block of Smoke House Court in Germantown.
Police say that the victim and suspect were involved in a relationship, although detectives have not been able to confirm the victim and suspect’s marital status.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that Shakina Perkins-Moody and Johnnie Perkins arrived at the gas station with the victim’s 16-year-old daughter in a black Cadillac Escalade. The daughter was sent into the store to pay for gas. The suspect and victim remained in the vehicle and became involved in an argument. The argument culminated with Johnnie Perkins shooting Shakina Perkins-Moody.
During this incident, an off-duty Montgomery County police officer in a marked cruiser was parked in a lot adjacent to the gas station. The off-duty officer heard a shot, and as he approached the vehicle, the male subject shot himself. No one else was injured. The off-duty officer did not discharge his firearm.
During this investigation, detectives noted that Johnnie Perkins had a long and extensive criminal history and had been arrested by Montgomery County Police as recently as July 12. On July 12, a Montgomery County Police Officer was enforcing alcohol-related violations as part of an alcohol enforcement detail. At approximately 2:30 am, the officer stopped a vehicle driven by Perkins in the area of Interstate 270 North and Germantown Road. During that stop, Perkins was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs and also charged with handgun and drug possession offenses after a gun and drugs were located in his vehicle.
A search of Maryland Court Cases, show that Johnnie Perkins was arrested more than 25 times from 1992 to July 12, 2015, on charges ranging from theft to drug possession and attempted first-degree murder.
In 1992 Perkins was charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with intent to murder, reckless endangerment in Anne Arundel County, he eventually agreed to a plea deal in which he was sentenced to five years in prison on weapons charges.
Seven years later, in January of 1999, Perkins was arrested and charged with possession of narcotics with intent to distribute and two counts of second-degree assault in Anne Arundel County. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Perkins was back on the street by 2004 and arrested and charged with second-degree assault, this time in Prince Georges County.
In 2012, he was part of the 13 people arrested in a Montgomery County Police raid at the Damascus Gardens apartment house.
Regarding this violent offense, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger stated, “Johnnie Perkins should not have been on the street and free to commit this murder. He had an extensive criminal history, including recent firearms arrests and other violent crimes. In 2012, he was sentenced to prison for at least eight years for major narcotics distribution offenses. Yet, over the last several months, he was arrested in our community for handgun, narcotics, and assault charges. Why wasn’t he behind bars? ” Chief Manger further explained, “The public fully understands the importance of diversion for minor offenses committed by non-violent offenders, but when dangerous individuals with extensive criminal histories do not face appropriate jail time, the public is unnecessarily put at risk as yesterday’s tragic events demonstrate.”
Top photo by Germantown Pulse. Other photos from MCPD.