BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s a strange story that led to a police standoff.  A correctional officer was murdered at a friend’s house, but police found her blood on her own apartment door.

Derek Valcourt reports police say the victim knew.  However, police will not say how.  They thought they had that killer cornered Sunday afternoon, but Monday the killer is still on the loose. 

It was a tense few hours Sunday afternoon as the police surrounded the apartment of Sharon Jones, 28, after she was shot to death at her friend’s house on the 1700-block of Aisquith Street. Police went to her apartment looking for clues.

“When homicide detectives came to the location they saw some blood on the door and then had reason to believe that the individual was inside and at that point they contacted SWAT units,” said police spokesperson, Anthony Guglielmi.

Police blocked off streets, kept neighbors indoors and called hostage negotiators.  When they entered the apartment hours later it was empty.  Neighbors say Jones lived with her boyfriend and three-year-old daughter.  Many of her neighbors are heartbroken over the news of her death.

“It is heartbreaking to hear something like that and it’s close to home,” said neighbor, Calvin Cambell.

“It’s terrible. I just can’t believe it. She was a correctional officer and a very proud person and I just can’t understand what happened,” said neighbor, Jackie Hilliard.

“I can’t believe it. It’s sad that she had to go through that and her daughter has to grow up with no parents,” said one neighbor.

Police say they still have not been able to speak with the victim’s boyfriend, although they will not call him a suspect or a person of interest in the case.


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