Man with BB Gun Puts Benjamin Stoddert Middle School on Lock Down and Leads to Arrest of Waldorf Man

May 2, 2019

On Thursday, May 2, 29019, at approximately 1:40 p.m., Charles County Sheriff’s Office School Resource Officer Cpl. S. Cook received a report of a man in a wheelchair with what appeared to be a gun in the vicinity of Benjamin Stoddert Middle School.

The school was immediately placed in a “shelter-in-place,” meaning no one could enter or exit the building and all doors were locked.

Patrol units responded and Sgt. D. Arends located the suspect, Cornelius Reginald Knott, 49, of Waldorf, on Village Street and St. Thomas Drive.

Knott was carrying a pellet gun which had been altered to look like a handgun. Further investigation revealed Knott had purchased the pellet gun earlier in the day and removed the orange safety markings, although it is not immediately clear why.

Knott was arrested and charged with disturbing the public peace and interrupting school operations.

PFC M. Nauman is continuing to investigate.

Not booking photo is available at this time, but one will be added when it becomes available.

10 Responses to Man with BB Gun Puts Benjamin Stoddert Middle School on Lock Down and Leads to Arrest of Waldorf Man

  1. Pat on May 2, 2019 at 5:03 pm

    Mans in a wheelchair living around that rough area , he’s not trying to hurt no body just trying not to get taken advantage of by some thugs

    • Anonymous on May 3, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      So he caries a fake gun to pull on someone who “around that rough area” probably has a real gun? Not a very bright idea and a quick way to get yourself killed.

  2. Harry Callahan on May 2, 2019 at 7:13 pm

    Suicide by cop and lost his nerve?
    Activist trying to make a point about schools being unsafe or who has an anti-gun agenda?
    Whatever the reason, the perp isn’t wrapped very tight.
    This could’ve ended up tragic very quickly.

  3. Lettuce Pray on May 3, 2019 at 9:19 am

    But was it an assault style bb gun, or just a regular bb gun. Because that apparently makes a difference in this country…

    • Anonymous on May 7, 2019 at 8:45 am


  4. Anonymous on May 3, 2019 at 10:21 am

    Why would a 49 year old want a toy gun modified to look like a real gun? The only thing I can think of is he wanted to use it to threaten, intimidate, or steal from someone. Good thing the cops got to him first before he could do whatever it was he was going to do with that fake gun.

  5. Pam442 on May 3, 2019 at 11:36 am

    Lord help us, guess the wheel chair will be listed as a get away vehicle.

  6. ShootYourEyeOut on May 3, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Maybe he got a Red Ryder bb gun for Christmas and wanted to show it off.

    • Anonymous on May 7, 2019 at 8:47 am

      Or maybe red rider was just your sister’s nick-name in HS?

  7. Imdat1 on May 3, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    First of all the guy in the wheelchair is a crackhead and he was probably doing something dumb dont feel bad for him just because he is in a wheelchair he harasses people all the time begging for money and he has been in and out drug rehab so many times so this doesn’t surprise me