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Posted on: June 11, 2020

1st Degree Assault with Firearm - Suspect Arrested


June 19, 2020

1st Degree Assault with Firearm - Suspect Arrested

At 5:43 a.m. on June 18, 2020, the Morgantown, WV Police Department notified the Frederick Police Department (FPD) that they had arrested Mr. Terence Kerns following an incident in their jurisdiction.  Mr. Kerns is currently being held at a regional jail in West Virginia.  FPD is working with the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office to facilitate Mr. Kerns’ extradition to Frederick County, Maryland for the charges related to the incident in Frederick on June 10.



June 11, 2019

Frederick Police Seek Suspect in Assault with Firearm

At 4:58 p.m. on June 10, 2020, the Frederick Police Department (FPD) received reports of a gunshot in the area of 1000 Heather Ridge Drive.  Officers arrived on scene and spoke with several witnesses and bystanders.  Witnesses reported seeing a male identified as Terence Tyrelle Kerns, Jr., 30, of Frederick, fire a single gunshot, and flee the area toward the 800 block of Heather Ridge Drive.  Officers also identified an adult, male victim.  The gunshot did not strike the victim.  No one was injured.  An officer located a single cartridge casing in the area where the altercation occurred.

Officers received information that after Kerns had fled, he entered an apartment in the 800 block of Heather Ridge Drive.  Police closed the 700-1000 block of Heather Ridge Drive while the investigation way underway.  Based on information received from several persons at the scene, officers searched a specific apartment, but Kerns was not inside.  Officers did not locate Kerns in the area, and re-opened Heather Ridge Drive at approximately 8:25 p.m.

As of June 11, 2020, Terence Kerns has an active arrest warrant for the following charges related to this incident:

  • Assault – 1st Degree, CR-3-202;
  • Reckless Endangerment, CR 3-204(a)(1);
  • Firearm Use/ Felony Violent Crime, CR 4-204(b);
  • Regulated Firearm: Illegal Possession, PS 5-133(b);
  • Firearm Possession - Criminal Violent Felony Conviction, PS 5-133(c);
  • Illegal Possession of Ammunition, PS 5-133.1;
  • Handgun on Person, CR 4-203;
  • Loaded Handgun on Person, CR 4-203(a)(1)(v);
  • Firearm Possession with Felony Conviction, PS 5-133(c).

Kerns also has an active arrest warrant for violation of probation, issued May 29, 2020.

The Frederick Police Department is asking anyone with information about this incident to contact Detective Wolfe at 240-549-4450.  Anyone with information about Terence Kerns’ location can call FPD at 301-600-2102.  Those who wish to remain anonymous can contact the department’s tip lines: by voicemail at 301-600-TIPS (8477), to text message at 240-674-TIPS (8477), or by email at

The FPD partners with Metro Crime Stoppers (MCS) of Maryland.  Submitting a tip through MCS may result in the tipster receiving a cash reward if the information leads to an arrest.  MCS rewards any tipster that provides the location of a wanted person if the wanted person is apprehended at the location provided by the tipster.  All tips received by MCS are anonymous.  See for more information.

Case Number: 2020-047481

Investigator: Det. Wolfe – 240-549-4450

Public Information Contact: Lt. Kirk Henneberry – 301-600-6217

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