A party turned violent and ultimately deadly Sunday night in Pylesville when a Havre de Grace man, attending his daughter’s birthday celebration in the home of his estranged wife’s boyfriend, was shot in the head following a heated argument.
Here are the details according to the Harford County Sheriff’s Office:
Homicide in Pylesville
(Pylesville, MD – Monday, August 11, 2008) – Shortly after 9pm, Sunday, August 10, 2008, Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a 911 call for shots fired in the 1200 block of Harkins Road in Pylesville, MD.
Upon arrival, they discovered Christopher Lee Fritsche, 34, of Havre de Grace, MD with a gun shot wound to his head. Fritsche was attending a birthday party for his daughter in the home of his estranged wife’s boyfriend, Kevin J Sorrick, 36, of the 1200 block of Harkins Road. The birthday party had wound down and a few people were still at the house when an argument started. The fight became heated and resulted in Sorrick shooting Fritsche with a rifle.
Emergency medical personnel from the Norrisville Fire Company responded to the scene and at 9:20pm confirmed Fritsche’s death as a result of a gunshot wound to the head.
The suspect, Kevin Sorrick was subsequently taken into custody by Sheriff’s Office deputies and charged with 1st Degree Murder. He is currently being held at the Harford County Detention Center pending a bail hearing.
Both the accused murderer and the victim have extensive criminal records.
Christopher Lee Fritsche, the Havre de Grace man who was murdered, has been charged with dozens of crimes in the last decade. At the time of his death, Mr. Fritsche was also one of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office 10 Most Wanted:
In August 2007, Mr. Fritsche was charged with second-degree burglary, theft greater than $500, theft scheme, malicious destruction of property, trespassing, littering/dumping under 100 pounds and unauthorized cable TV connection.
Some of Mr. Fritsche’s other charges over the years have included possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, battery, misrepresentation of age, possession of alcohol by a minor, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, second-degree escape, possession of a drug other than marijuana, disobeying police, possession of a concealed deadly weapon, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, speeding, driving on suspended license, several dog license violations and multiple judgements for thousands of dollars.
Kevin Johnathon Sorrick, the accused murderer, has also been charged with a number of crimes since 1992 including possession of a drug other than marijuana, carrying an open container of alcohol in public, theft greater than $300, second-degree assault, breaking and entering with the intent to commit a felony, malicious destruction of property and was involved in a domestic violence case in 2006.