Carl Francis Braxton was an eight-year veteran of DC Fire and EMS and served at Engine Company 22 in Shepherd Park.

BRYANS ROAD, Md. – On May 8 at approximately 3:30 a.m., officers responded to the 2900 block of Sedgemore Place in Bryans Road, MD, for the report of a domestic assault in progress. Prior to arrival, officers received a report for the sound of gunshots in the same area. When officers arrived, they located an adult male near the intersection of Sedgemore Place and Matthews Road with gunshot wounds.

Officers rendered first aid until paramedics arrived. The male was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced deceased. He has been identified as Carl Francis Braxton, 30, of Bryans Road. A preliminary investigation revealed Braxton was reported to have assaulted his girlfriend inside their townhouse. The woman was able to flee and encountered a man who was walking his dog.

According to witnesses, Braxton, approached and threatened to harm the man. Braxton continued walking aggressively toward the man, at which time the man, who has a permit to carry a firearm, produced a gun and shot Braxton. The man remained on the scene until officers arrived. He was transported to a police station and subsequently released pending further investigation. At this time there is no indication any of the involved subjects were known to the man.

Detectives are consulting with the Charles County State’s Attorney’s Office and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call Detective Johnson at 301-609-6453. Tipsters wanting to remain anonymous may contact Charles County Crime Solvers by calling 1-866-411-TIPS. Tips can also be submitted online at or by using the P3Intel mobile app.

The Charles County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) in 2001 and has since earned the highest rating of Excellence. Established in 1658, the CCSO is one of the oldest law enforcement agencies in the United States. For more information, visit

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  1. Ccw ftw! Just because the guy was a paid fireman doesn’t automatically make him a good guy.

  2. What’s the saying? An armed society is a polite society? It is unfortunate that the firefighter was killed, but if he wouldn’t have acted aggressively, the dog walker would not have been in fear for his life. Plenty of people are punched and kicked to death every year by people armed with no more than ill will toward another.

  3. R.i.P. this is terrible, we have a mental health crisis in our country, as well as an anger problem in that community of people, But what I don’t like about this story is that it automatically leads with leftist propaganda leading with CCW holder, and making it sound like a gun problem, no, it’s a crazy person problem, Very sad, I grew up in Bryan’s road, its always been a troubled place, I believe he is with our Lord Jesus now.

    1. Agree. It wasn’t a gun problem. Regardless, the CCW holder will be portrayed as a vigilante…

  4. There is more to this story, what’s the chance you are walking your dog early a.m. and this random woman runs out to you…… you have a better chance of getting hit by lightning

    1. Right that’s what i was thinking! shoot 1st and make up a story of why he was being aggressive towards a stranger that had nothing to do with the situation. Politics have made people blind to reality and thinking.

    1. Yep, F46. Ccw is a great thing, Too bad someone wasn’t carrying in pg south mall when the teen thugs pulled theirs.

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