Lance Richard Zuniga
Lance Richard Zuniga
Lance Richard Zuniga

UPDATE – Lance Richard Zuniga, age 37 of Lexington Park, has been arrested in connection with the shooting on June 2, 2022, and charged with the following:

-Firearm Use/Felony-Violent Crime

-Reckless Endangerment (two counts)

-Assault First Degree (seven counts)

-Assault Second Degree (seven counts)

Zuniga remains incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center in Leonardtown, on a no-bond status.  The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are forthcoming for Zuniga.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Tyler Payne at (301) 475-4200 extension 78010 or by email at Tyler.Payne@stmarysmd.com.

LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – On June 2, 2022, at 11:41 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 21600 block of Liberty Street in Lexington Park, for the reported shots fired.

Deputies arrived on scene and began an immediate search of the area for the suspect. Deputies on scene heard additional shots fired and encountered the suspect outside in front of several apartments.

Deputies instructed the suspect to put down the weapon, however the suspect did not comply. A deputy on scene engaged the suspect at which time gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and a deputy.

The suspect was ultimately taken into custody and transported to an area hospital for treatment of injuries not related to gunfire.

Detectives and Crime Lab Personnel from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are forthcoming for the suspect. When the suspect has been formally charged the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office will release the individual’s name. Neither the deputy nor suspect were shot in the gunfire exchange.

No additional injuries were reported from the incident.

The officer involved shooting is being investigated by the Office of Professional Responsibilities and the deputy involved has been placed on administrative leave in accordance with agency policy.

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact Crime Solvers at (301) 475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637).

Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

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27 Comments

  1. Who could have done something like this? What type of animal? When you read the headline, what’s the first image that pops into your mind?

    1. I figured an old white man, probably like yourself but it ended up being a younger white man.

      1. I don’t like racism of any kind.

        In this case, the accused man is not White. He is Latin American.

    1. Range shooting and real life are two different situations. Your adrenalin is pumping at the range as you shoot piece of paper as to an armed person pointing a firearm at you. Easy to say needs more practice when you know nothing of what its like when faced with a armed person and before you say neither do I am an officer.

    1. SlipKnot; If his gun is fired there has to be an investigation.
      Here’s an irony: “LIBERTY Street in Lexington Park” has shootings almost daily…
      And can you believe this? “A deputy on scene engaged the suspect at which time gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and a deputy.”
      Nikko is right. The officer needs to go back to the range and practice. I wonder where all of their bullets went?
      I’m sure that dumb dog wishes that the cop wasn’t armed and that a social worker was sent out instead…

      1. Hey Archie, why do you think it is ironic that ““LIBERTY Street in Lexington Park” has shootings almost daily”. Isn’t that what you advocate for on a daily basis: the unfettered right to walk around armed to the teeth and throwing off a few shots at anyone who doesn’t look like you?

        1. Edith! Hey sweetie. The meatloaf was outstanding, thank you. Please don’t get emotional and whine here. Once you finish your chores and tidy up the guest restroom, maybe I’ll treat you to a ice cream cone.

  2. Riddle me this? If there was an exchange of gunfire between officer and suspect… who’s gunfire caused the damage to apartment doors? Also will suspect be held responsible for that damage? Why would this suspect randomly shoot in this neighborhood? Could it be connected to the shooting reported in a near by neighborhood? Then suspect was pursued and shot at? Will there be proof that suspect was told ” stop or I’ll shoot”? Who will pay for any damages that have been caused because the police may at fault as well. Furthermore, can police cams be in place in problematic areas … because the helicopter was unnecessary and costs money…y’all were playing with a toy…

  3. Number of Men Arrested In Connection To Officer Involved Shooting In Lexington Park under the Greatest President Ever? Zero. Zip. Nada. Under stuttering joe? Well teleprompter joe?

    1. They ALL use a teleprompter… Trump likes to ad lib and make false claims (like the hurricane map and his loss to Biden).

  4. “Hey Archie, why do you think it is ironic that ““LIBERTY Street in Lexington Park” has shootings almost daily”. Isn’t that what you advocate for on a daily basis: the unfettered right to walk around armed to the teeth and throwing off a few shots at anyone who doesn’t look like you?”
    The name “Dumb dog” is soooo appropo for you. It’s why you always need us to explain things to you.
    And yes; I do advocate for our right to carry a gun. The problem is that only the “bad guy” has a gun in this case. See, YBD?
    If others (who wish to be armed) could carry also, this situation could have been stopped even before the cops arrived. Need more proof? THEN LISTEN TO A REAL NEWS STATION, YBD!
    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?&q=fred+sanford+you+big+dummy&view=detail&mid=4F1E5C6C1DB6279E06224F1E5C6C1DB6279E0622&form=VDQVAP&rvsmid=2E7E3D8CFC3B3EEDF4AF2E7E3D8CFC3B3EEDF4AF&ajaxhist=0

    1. The countries that have more guns have more gun killings.

      So much for your silly idea that we should arm everybody.

  5. I guess the suspect holding a gun, told to drop it wasn’t black enough to get hit by police gunfire.

  6. Why do ppl bring up Joe Biden in these comments? Clearly our government is more concerned with the plights of other countries not the wars here in America. Americans of all races and ages are dying from gun violence as well as fentanyl use in overwhelming and alarming rates. The government does not care. So please stop. Community is all community has. Time to work as one and find an solution.

    1. We need to care about both.

      The evil being done by Putin in Ukraine must be stopped.

      The evil caused by gun violence and fentanyl must be stopped too.

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