UPDATE: Details Released in Murder of 24-Year-Old Park Hall Man

January 9, 2020
Brian Lee Chaney, 18, of Park Hall

Brian Lee Chaney, 18, of Park Hall

UPDATE 1/9/2020 @ 10:15 a.m.: On January 3, 2020, at approximately 12:56 p.m., the St. Mary’s County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call indicating someone had been shot in a residence at 18414 Point Lookout Road, in Park Hall.

Deputies arrived on scene and located the victim, identified as Jordan Lee Sullivan, 24 of Park Hall, inside the residence suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Sullivan was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased at 1:40 p.m.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Lab Technicians responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

According to court documents police conducted an interview with Brian Lee Chaney, 18 of Park Hall, and he was read his Miranda rights which he waived and agreed to talk with police. Chaney told police that Sullivan came over to his residence to hang out, and they were sitting in the kitchen area and he (Chaney) was playing with his gun. Chaney said he was sitting in a chair next to the table and Sullivan was standing in front of him. Chaney described the gun to be a revolver and said he removed the bullets from the gun and counted 6 on the table. Chaney said he believed he removed them all because the gun only holds 6 bullets. When police asked how many total bullets, he had for the gun he said he had 7 total bullets for it. Chaney said when he counted 6 bullets on the table, he believed the gun to be empty and he began to pull the trigger on the gun. Chaney told police he pulled the trigger 3 times, the first 2 times nothing happened, and the third time he pulled the trigger the gun went off and Sullivan told Chaney he had just shot him. Sullivan lifted his shirt and Chaney observed a small entrance wound in Sullivan’s chest area. Sullivan walked into the living room at which time he collapsed on the floor. Chaney told police, when Sullivan collapsed, he called 911 and informed them a person had been shot. Chaney said he rendered aid to the victim until emergency medical services arrived on scene.

Police listened to the 911 call from the residence and they can hear Chaney tells someone in the house he just shot the victim.

Chaney is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center and charged with Murder Second Degree and Manslaughter

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Taylore Nauman at (301) 475-4200 extension * 8109 or by email at Taylore.Nauman@stmarysmd.com.


UPDATE – St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Press Release – 1/3/2020 @ 10:15 p.m.: On January 3, 2020, at approximately 12:56 p.m. deputies from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office responded to the reported shooting in the 18100 block of Point Lookout Road in Park Hall.

Deputies arrived on scene and located the victim, later identified as Jordan Lee Sullivan, 24 of Park Hall, inside a residence suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Division and Crime Lab Technicians responded to the scene and continued the investigation.

Preliminary investigation determined Sullivan was at a residence in Park Hall with an acquaintance later identified as Brian Lee Chaney, 18 of Park Hall. Chaney and Sullivan were in the kitchen when Chaney began to manipulate a firearm, which discharged a round striking Sullivan in the chest. Chaney contacted 911 and began lifesaving measures until the arrival of emergency personnel. Sullivan was transported to MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Chaney was arrested and charged with the following:

Murder Second Degree
Manslaughter

Chaney is currently incarcerated at the St. Mary’s County Detention and Rehabilitation Center awaiting an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact Detective Taylore Nauman at (301) 475-4200 extension * 8109 or by email at Taylore.Nauman@stmarysmd.com.

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.

UPDATE 1/3/2020 @ 9:15 p.m.: Detective Taylor Nauman, of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Arrested Brian Lee Chaney, 18, of Park Hall, today.

Police say Chaney shot and killed Jordan L Sullivan, 24, also of Park Hall.

Chaney was charged with murder-second degree and manslaughter.

Details will be released as soon as they become available.

1/3/2020: On Friday, January 3, 2020, at approximately 1:00 p.m., police fire, and rescue personnel responded to the 18400 block of Point Lookout Road in Park Hall, for the reported gunshot victim.

Crews arrived on the scene to find a male in his 20’s with a single gunshot wound to the upper body.

CPR was immediately initiated by police when they arrived at the scene.

A spokesperson for the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office reported they are investigating the shooting as an assault.

Detectives from the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division have responded to the scene and are conducting an investigation which is ongoing.

Updates will be provided as they become available.


96 Responses to UPDATE: Details Released in Murder of 24-Year-Old Park Hall Man

  1. Gimmie on January 3, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    smack dab in the middle of slumville

    • Anonymous on January 5, 2020 at 12:45 pm

      Smack dab in the middle of turdville.

      • Jeanine on January 7, 2020 at 7:04 am

        not racist much against people of color are you?

        • Anonymous on January 7, 2020 at 4:42 pm

          And sometimes special holidays. It depends on the occasion.

          • Jayron on January 10, 2020 at 10:52 am

            Wow I hope you get a bad case of crabs.

    • John S on January 6, 2020 at 11:22 am

      he looks like one of the characters from the 70s movie “The Warriors”.

  2. WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT on January 3, 2020 at 3:44 pm

    “Male in His Twenties”

    • Hey you on January 3, 2020 at 6:24 pm

      Maybe it shows kids these days are a bunch of idiots!

    • Laura Jordan on January 4, 2020 at 4:12 am

      This is my nephew!! We are all deeply saddened by this loss!!

      A senseless murder that will change the lives of many!

      • Me on January 6, 2020 at 7:57 pm

        Hello, the only thing I can say is I am sorry for what your family is going through, I had the misfortune of experiencing this young man earlier in the year. This misfortune resulted in him having charges brought against him. I honestly was planning on contacting the states attorneys office to see what we can do to help this young man that is misguided. Sadly, I will not have that opportunity to present this to try and assist a young man that needs all of our involvement and dedication to better our youth, prevent him from being marked by our legal system because of this horrific accident/lack of knowledge.. I will pray for you, him, the victim that lost his life, and his family. I do not know all the circumstances that took place on this day, but know that my intentions was to help him in his future and work to better himself as a young man. Very saddened by this on so many levels.

        • Anonymous on January 14, 2020 at 10:14 am

          So the dead was a criminal… Gotcha

  3. Anonymous on January 3, 2020 at 5:44 pm

    That’s more than assault. Shooting someone in the upper portion of the body is murder/attempted murder.

    • lawyer bob up here... on January 7, 2020 at 7:27 am

      it was an accident , as$clown . . & you’re not a lawyer.

    • Eye see a Idiot on January 10, 2020 at 4:45 pm

      Just because the fatal wound is in the upper portion of the body means absolutely nothing ….
      There have recently been several accidental fire arm discharges where in the projectile struck the person in the head , torso , or a vital artery wherein the person was not charged with murder 1 or 2 ..

      The location of the wound is always not a clear indicator of the intent to murder .

      Please ,If you are called for a jury trial , advise the judge you are a incompetent idiot with no ability to effectively come to a appropriate educated decision

  4. Linda on January 3, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    You people make me sick!!! A person was murdered and all you can do is leave uncalled for comments. God help you all when devastation hits your family!!! God don’t like ugly!! Karma will get you all!!

    • Vanessa on January 4, 2020 at 1:55 pm

      exactly

    • The REAL Truth on January 4, 2020 at 3:11 pm

      You are correct Linda. God don’t like ugly.

      But, apparently whoever is with you does!

    • Anonymous on January 6, 2020 at 7:58 am

      Whats sickening is that they should not have a gun and endanger law abiding people.Whats an 18 year old doing with a gun?

      • Anonymous on January 6, 2020 at 4:43 pm

        Probably got it from someone who bought it legally

    • Anonymous on January 14, 2020 at 10:14 am

      Murderered or accidentally shot

  5. Bryan Hammett on January 3, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Any details on this I think it’s my cousin

    • Anonymous on January 4, 2020 at 7:13 am

      You should talk to your family instead of relying on an online forum for family info.

    • Anonymous on January 8, 2020 at 6:42 am

      You “THINK” it is your cousin?

      And you look for the details here?

      Fitting.

  6. PETE PABLO on January 3, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    THIS WAS JUST A SAD CASE OF MISHANDLING OF A DEADLY WEAPON. KNOW THE FACTS BEFORE RUNNING YOUR PIE HOLE.

    • Anonymous on January 4, 2020 at 9:30 am

      Maybe they should have been at work

    • Anonymous on January 4, 2020 at 11:57 am

      Regardless, the individual needs to be held accountable. He’s responsible for the rounds in that weapon.

    • Anonymous on January 6, 2020 at 4:39 am

      Than why did he get charged and go to jail?

    • Shawn on January 6, 2020 at 6:55 pm

      Another reason to ban guns

      • Anonymous on January 8, 2020 at 6:43 am

        Keep the guns….

        Ban the the idiots like you and problem solved.

      • Anonymous on January 9, 2020 at 8:51 am

        LOL yeah, cause that gun shot that man all on it’s own. Stop blaming the Guns FFS!! it is the person wielding the guns! No matter where they get the gun from. It is in their hands!!! And with that being said, this whole story of “mishandling”.. the only ones that truly knows what went on with this gun on this day are the 2 that were there and involved. And unfortunately, there is only one side of this story to be told. It’s always a very sad situation when events such as this (fatalities by force of a weapon) but please stop blaming the weapons people. That is the problem today.. everyone is quick to put the blame on everything except the individuals wielding the weapons. Therefore making them the victims? No one is held accountable anymore for anything they do these days, and it’s only making matters worse.

        • diane on January 9, 2020 at 1:14 pm

          and you’re exactly right!!!!!

      • Diane on January 9, 2020 at 1:12 pm

        do you know how damn stupid you sound! just sayin!!! ‍♀️ Seriously when are people going to freaking realize……it’s not the guns that are killing people, it’s the stupid dumbasses that are pulling the trigger!! hello!! Gosh! And Im not calling this boy a bad person because of what happened, i’m sure he did not mean to kill his friend:(
        I know it must be devastating but there’s no reason for people to be“Manipulating “a gun if they’re not educated on how to use it properly. When people have a concealed weapon in their possession -it is to protect their selfs not to be playing with!!!! These days
        everybody wants to be a damn gangster! Don’t make no damn sense!!!

  7. Samantha Murray on January 3, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    R.I.P Jordan. Prayers for your mom and Julia. I’m so sorry

    • Queen-doll on January 4, 2020 at 1:41 pm

      I know this ppl and the young man that did it did not mean for it to happen that was his best friend and now he has to live with that for life think bout how he feels and i know he is sorry it happend and sorry to the family but yall dont know shyt.

      • Anonymous on January 4, 2020 at 5:49 pm

        I didn’t say anything negative about the young man that shot him. Someone died I apologised to their family, there is absolutely no reason for anyone to be nasty on here.

      • fahqueue on January 4, 2020 at 6:14 pm

        He looks absolutely crushed in his mugshot.

        • Anonymous on January 14, 2020 at 10:16 am

          Ummm he can’t show emotions they were high at the time of this incident …hence this reason this all happened duh

  8. Laura Jordan on January 4, 2020 at 4:49 am

    This is my nephew. We are all deeply saddened by this loss!!

    We love you Jordan!!

  9. Anonymous on January 4, 2020 at 7:45 am

    …I don’t get it !!! mishandle… Its like them news reports …he/she was in wrong place at wrong time !!! ?? theres some people not made for motorcycles, knifes, guns…then theres are some that can ! as they said in service…if you don’t know how to use it…don’t pull it out(knife) not everyone is a Clint Eastwood…..as in hunting/shooting…you never ever walk around with gun pointing up (first lesson)

    • Anonymous on January 7, 2020 at 8:17 am

      Yeah you are correct about one thing:

      You sure didn’t get it.

  10. Synonymous on January 4, 2020 at 10:03 am

    You DON’T play with guns!

  11. Anonymous on January 4, 2020 at 10:03 am

    What is meant by “manipulate”?

    • Anonymous on January 8, 2020 at 4:51 am

      Manipulate -“handle or control (a tool, mechanism, etc.), typically in a skillful manner.”

  12. Anonymous on January 4, 2020 at 11:10 am

    …who ever brought that gun…should go to jail !!!

    • Anonymous on January 7, 2020 at 8:26 am

      Along with the person that gave you a passing grade in English..

  13. Elizabeth Jordan on January 4, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Not the news I wanted to wake up to today. RIP cousin. You’ll forever be missed.

  14. Vanessa on January 4, 2020 at 1:53 pm

    WOW!!! Leave those guns alone

  15. Vanessa on January 4, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    ao sad, leave them guns alone

    • VANESSA on January 5, 2020 at 12:34 am

      Once more please!!!!!

      • Anonymous on January 7, 2020 at 8:28 am

        YES – THIS TIME TRY TO MAKE NO ERRORS.

  16. Bridgett Bailey on January 4, 2020 at 10:43 pm

    So sad. Terrible thing to happen.

  17. Anonymous on January 5, 2020 at 7:28 am

    ….if some people would spend more time rakeing leafs…they wouldn,t have time to do dumb stuff ! better yet..have a job…even two jobs…

    • Anonymous on January 7, 2020 at 8:29 am

      Or perhaps take a spelling class.

  18. Anonymous on January 5, 2020 at 11:53 am

    ..I just can’t picture him holding a handgun…and some good is gonna come out of it ! gots to go and watch jerry Springer show now !

  19. Jr on January 5, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    At lest he called for help and stayed their and tried to save his friend until help arrived but no they shouldn’t play with guns because stuff like this happens he didn’t intentionally shoot the boy

    • Anonymous on January 5, 2020 at 6:25 pm

      I’d like to smack your third grade teacher in the mouth.

      • Nice on January 10, 2020 at 12:57 pm

        Hahahahaha

    • Cap’n on January 5, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      De by gawd! We should just let him go.

  20. Jr on January 5, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    So if he could afford a good lawyer he could get lesser charges and if the boys family try and drop the charges this young man could have a chance in bettering himself and not play with guns it’s not the first time something like this happened

    • Anonymous on January 14, 2020 at 10:17 am

      They are addicts

  21. Anonymous on January 6, 2020 at 12:24 am

    This is Bryan Hammett this is my cousin. I want to know who’s gun it was and why this happened.

    • Anonymous on January 6, 2020 at 1:37 pm

      It was a turds gun. Turds with Gunn’s are usually a bad combination. Any more questions?

      • Anonymous on January 6, 2020 at 4:46 pm

        I agree. He probably got it from the turd that passed 8n the car accident in uniform a couple of weeks ago.

  22. Joe on January 6, 2020 at 6:42 am

    Rule #1: Receive PROPER training from a COMPETENT and Qualified INSTRUCTOR before handling firearms.

    Rule #2: Treat all guns as loaded and ready to fire until proven otherwise

    Rule #3: Don’t point the gun at anything / anyone you’re unwilling to destroy or kill.

    Rule #4: NEVER EVER touch the trigger until you’re ready to destroy / kill the target.

    It’s a shame that there was a loss of life but it was fully preventable. If someone had instilled a healthy respect for guns and taught these young men proper firearms handling this would not have occurred. Most likely a case of not being taught properly as opposed to a momentary lapse of judgement.

    • Anonymous on January 7, 2020 at 8:34 am

      So this wasn’t just Shawn’s “Gun Culture”?

      • Joe on January 8, 2020 at 6:39 am

        Ha ha, Shawn has a gun fetish. Colt, Ruger, S&W, Taurus, and others live in his mind rent free. If it went down as reported and they were friends then yes, it wasn’t Crazy Shawn’s supposed “Gun Culture” at play.

        It’s funny how I’ve lived in rural areas that lacked “cultural diversity” and guns were prevalent but homicides via firearm didn’t happen. It’s almost as if it’s largely one segment of society perpetrating violence with a firearm. Hmmmmmm…………

  23. Anonymous on January 6, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Sorry to the family and friends for their loss. This is why there are laws that prohibit an 18 year-old from owning or possessing a firearm. At 18 they are barely out of childhood and not responsible enough to handle something that can kill from a long distance. He deserves to be punished and the deceased deserves some justice. He will probably get less then 15 years and he will still be young enough to restart a happy life. Something his victim will never get the opportunity to do. If you have teens and young adults in your house lock up your guns. Young people do stupid things, that is what they do.

    • Anonie on January 6, 2020 at 1:12 pm

      Funny how a 18 month old clearly knows the meaning of NO, but 16.5 years later they haven’t understood a gun is a deadly weapon? Stop setting low-standards and raise your expectations!

      • Anonymous on January 8, 2020 at 4:56 am

        BOOM! To the OP, your points are invalid as I knew the difference when I was 17 on Parris Island when I was hitting black at 500 yards.

        “ At 18 they are barely out of childhood and not responsible enough to handle something that can kill from a long distance.”

        • Anonymous on January 9, 2020 at 8:47 am

          That’s great, so just because you were responsible enough that means every 18 year old in the world is responsible enough. You need to get out of your self absorbed bubble every now and again to see what the real world looks like. Sounds like you were instructed by someone with a great respect for firearms. Not everyone has that luxury. I can remember handing my grandmother an unloaded gun because she wanted to hold one since she had never held one before. The first thing she did was wave it around inadvertently pointing it at multiple people. That was the one and only time I scolded my grandmother telling her to always assume a gun is loaded until you verify it isn’t yourself. At 18 you think you are invincible and it is only experiences, wither your own or others around you, that make you respect dangerous things.

          • Anonymous on January 10, 2020 at 6:22 am

            So if someone is ignorant of consequence we should give them a free pass? Had I not been instructed by the world’s finest, I probably would not “play” with firearms. At 18, you are an adult and you shall be held responsible for your actions. I’m not self absorbed; my point goes directly to OP point about age “18 they are barely out of childhood and not responsible enough to handle something that can kill from a long distance”. I disagree as an 18 year old is now a legal adult and by 18 everyone knows how dangerous a gun is. So unless someone lives with Branch and Princess Poppy, there isn’t an excuse.

            By the way, that instruction wasn’t a “luxury.” It’s the training that anyone new to handling a firearm should experience. A bit abrasive, loud and abrupt, but I can assure you that you will never be unsafe with a weapon unless it’s an intentional act. It’s been a long time, but that training is ingrained with me forever.

        • Queen of the Iron Throne on January 9, 2020 at 12:36 pm

          Yea, that’s the same. A 17 year old joins the marine corp and is instructed in the use of his weapon by experienced marine firearms instructors versus an untrained 18 year old thug.

          • Anonymous on January 10, 2020 at 6:24 am

            I’d respond but my bowels have now been evacuated and there is no point. Come back with something valid please.

  24. Anonymous on January 6, 2020 at 2:52 pm

    It’s Spanish from “Old School”

  25. Anonymous on January 6, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    No one has asked, nor was it mentioned if the gun belonged to the decedent.

    • Anonymous on January 14, 2020 at 10:20 am

      How sway? They only put that info in about fully black criminals to make them look bad. Also they don’t mention the drugs found at the scene. Hmmm they were both high with a unregistered gun.

  26. Shawn on January 6, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Stop the buying and selling of guns. It only leads to pain

    • Joe on January 7, 2020 at 6:32 am

      Or……teach a healthy respect for life, Christian style morals, and respect for firearms and how to safely handle and use them. Seems like the smarter choice since I’m assuming you don’t possess a magic button that could make all guns cease to exist.

      In over 40 years on Earth not a single one of my firearms nor those owned by my friends or family have ever been used to shoot and kill a human being. That’s literally hundreds of guns and not one single firearm related death. Seems like culture and where / how you’re raised has more to do with whether or not you will shoot someone or get shot than the existence of the inanimate firearm itself no matter how much you appear to disagree.

    • Shawn's Mom on January 7, 2020 at 8:36 am

      I think you will find that it is the pulling of the trigger that only leads to pain – IDIOT.

      • Joe on January 8, 2020 at 6:41 am

        Shhhhhh……don’t wake Shawn up. If he gets truly “woke” to reality he’ll realize that it has everything to do with crappy culture, poor parenting, and bad decisions by the individual instead of the inanimate object that was used in the commission of the crime.

    • LM on January 9, 2020 at 1:18 pm

      I was taught at a very young age how to handle, shoot and clean a gun. My father has always taught me, the most dangerous gun is the unloaded hidden gun.. Never assume your gun is empty. Always handle it as if it’s loaded.. He also taught me, you never point a gun at anyone or anything, whether it is loaded or unloaded unless it’s your target. When you are not shooting, you point the gun down, finger off of the trigger. My father kept guns all over the house, loaded and unloaded and I never once got the urge to play with one. Guns aren’t the issue.. It’s stupidity..

  27. Anonymous on January 6, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    This could be the same instance from the bbq place outside there

  28. Anonymous on January 9, 2020 at 10:39 am

    pulled trigger 3 times….. while pointing it at his best friends chest……sounds like a real good friend……..LIFE IN PRISON, ONLY BECAUSE WE CANT GIVE HIM DEATH…

  29. LM on January 9, 2020 at 10:41 am

    You have 7 total bullets for the gun.. You count 6 on the table.. You assumed the gun was empty.. Why would you pull the trigger? And why would you pull it more than once? I feel like he knew there was one more bullet in that gun..

  30. Anonymous on January 9, 2020 at 11:29 am

    Speaking to another person in the house? That is not a good look.
    He is still incarcerated for a reason. There are parts of this story we are not getting yet.

  31. Tracy Sullivan on January 9, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    Jordan was my nephew and this is a tragedy, I don’t see why people have to say stupid comments
    We all love you Jordan and you will be missed. It’s a shame that his Father wasn’t included in anything. But Jordan knew his Fathers love for him and NO one can take that away

    • Anonymous on January 10, 2020 at 6:26 am

      Where are the stupid comments about Jordan or are you defending the dummy that can’t count to 7 and plays a version of Russian roulette?

    • Anonymous on January 14, 2020 at 10:21 am

      Father? Little too late

      • Anonymous on January 15, 2020 at 9:19 pm

        Yes father, don’t comment if you have to be anonymous

        • His Aunt on January 16, 2020 at 4:16 pm

          Ok? Father? What Father

  32. carl on January 9, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    We should blame it on the school system. Obviously they did not teach him to count correctly, so they are to blame, right ?

    • Joe on January 10, 2020 at 6:44 am

      Schools have had sex ed for decades teaching kids at age 12 or so about human reproduction, STD’s, and the use of condoms in an effort to keep the kids healthier and avoid unwanted pregnancies. Many schools even offer free condoms with the mindset of “The kids are going to do it anyway, might as well make it as safe for them as possible.”

      Certain people won’t allow schools to teach kids the safe handling of a firearm because they’d rather simply demonize it and hope the kid never comes in contact with a gun. Makes zero sense.

    • Duh on January 10, 2020 at 1:06 pm

      No time to teach, too busy molesting and raping the kids

  33. Anonymous on January 9, 2020 at 8:08 pm

    American servicemen and police?

  34. Anonymous on January 11, 2020 at 1:54 pm

    Is that the drummer from the Ohio Players?

  35. Anonymous on January 14, 2020 at 11:31 pm

    They were high at the time of the incident.