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Police Chief Says Tuesday’s Murder/Suicide Should Have Been Prevented

In a very unusual move, Montgomery County Police Chief J. Thomas Manger spoke out in harsh terms regarding the murder/suicide in Germantown on Tuesday.

“We had a homicide up in Germantown. A homicide that should not have occurred. A murder that absolutely could have and should have been prevented,” said Manger as he spoke to reporters in front of Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg.

He spoke about the murder of Shakina Perkins-Moody, 34, of 18200 block of Smoke House Court Germantown, who was shot and killed by a person police believe was her husband Johnnie Perkins, 42, on Tuesday at the Washingtonian Gas Station at the corner of Germantown Road and Route 355.

Police say Johnnie Perkins was sitting with Shakina Perkins-Moody in the Cadillac Escalade, as Mrs. Perkins 16-year-old daughter was paying for and pumping gas. The couple got into an argument, and Perkins shot Perkins-Moody.

MCPD spokesman Capt. Paul Starks told Fox5 News that after the first shot had shattered the driver’s side window, the daughter opened the driver’s side door to see what happened and saw her mother and immediately ran away from the vehicle.

An off-duty Montgomery County Police Officer, who was at the Germantown AutoSpa in his marked police cruiser, approached Perkins. It was at this time the Perkins turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the head.

Chief Manger addressed reporters on Wednesday evening calling for changes in the criminal justice system. “When I learned that the perpetrator, in this case, was Mr. Perkins I was reminded that just less than three years ago, Mr. Perkins was the main target of a year-long drug investigation in Damascus Gardens. In fact, Mr. Perkins was convicted of two narcotics distribution counts and was originally sentenced to serve ten years in prison. Less than three years later Mr. Perkins was back in our community and one the street.”

Chief Manger told reporters that less than a month ago, on July 12, Montgomery County Police stopped Perkins while he was driving up I-270 and driving erratically. Perkins was arrested for DUI. When his vehicle was searched, the officer found drugs and a loaded handgun.