- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 21, 2002

A Metropolitan Police lieutenant was found fatally shot yesterday morning in the garage of his home in Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County police said.
Lt. Garrett A. Baxter, a 13-year veteran, was shot more than once, said Cpl. Tammy Sparkman, a police spokeswoman.
"We are looking at this as a homicide," she said.
County police said Lt. Baxter's wife, Nicole, found his body about 9:30 a.m. in the garage of their large, red-brick home in the 100 block of Stan Fey Drive and ran to a neighbor's home to call police.
Lt. Baxter, 34, was pronounced dead at the scene, Cpl. Sparkman said.
A D.C. police officer who answered the phone at 5th Police District headquarters, where Lt. Baxter was stationed, referred calls to the public information office.
Officer Tony O'Leary, a D.C. police spokesman, said Lt. Baxter was in the patrol division. He said the personnel office was closed for the weekend and that he could not check on Lt. Baxter's status with the department.
Lt. Baxter was not robbed, and furniture in the home was not disturbed, Cpl. Sparkman said, adding that investigators have not determined a motive or suspect.
Police cordoned off the property around the Baxter home with yellow tape. Mrs. Baxter talked with county police officers yesterday afternoon outside the home.
Investigators have interviewed Mrs. Baxter and some neighbors but did not say which neighbors or for how long, Cpl. Sparkman said, adding that investigators have not ruled anyone out and are confident the slaying will be solved.
Lt. Baxter had been on stress leave from his job since the summer, WUSA-TV (Channel 9) reported. He and his wife bought their new, half-million dollar home a year ago as newlyweds, the TV station reported.
The neighborhood is filled with large homes and spacious yards.
A friend of Lt. Baxter's wife, who asked not to be identified, said Mrs. Baxter's elementary-school-age daughter was staying with a sitter overnight Thursday and was not home when the body was found.
"We have no idea why this happened," she said.
Five children, ages 7 to 10, lived in the home, and police said Lt. Baxter and his wife each had two boys from previous relationships. Mrs. Baxter also has a daughter.
Mrs. Baxter declined to comment.
This article is based in part on wire service reports.

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