Maryland Tragedy: Roommate Slain as Suspect Confesses in Remote Control Dispute

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A fatal confrontation over a remote control evolved into a terrible occurrence in Springdale, Maryland, when 38-year-old Richard Bennaugh was arrested. 

Bennaugh is now facing manslaughter charges in connection to the death of his 27-year-old roommate, Domonique Scott Hayes.

The incident in Maryland transpired last week, eliciting a reaction from the Prince George’s County Police at approximately 12:30 pm on Thursday.

Officers discovered Scott Hayes inside their residence, suffering from gunshot wounds. Unfortunately, he was pronounced dead at the scene, marking a somber turn in what began as a seemingly ordinary argument.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Bennaugh had shot Scott Hayes during their fight, according to the Maryland police statement shared on Instagram. Interestingly, Bennaugh reported that his roommate had come to him brandishing knives and that he had waited for almost six hours before phoning the police. 

Maryland Tragedy as a Cautionary Tale

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A fatal confrontation over a remote control evolved into a terrible occurrence in Springdale, Maryland, when 38-year-old Richard Bennaugh was arrested.

Bennaugh detailed the sequence of events preceding the shooting, explaining that he had drifted off to sleep on the couch, only to be roused by the sound of Scott Hayes making disturbances in the kitchen.

The argument centered around the location of the remote control, with Scott Hayes repeatedly asking Bennaugh for its whereabouts. Ignoring his roommate, Bennaugh, with a blanket on his head, eventually removed the blanket and allegedly saw Scott Hayes holding two knives.

In response to this perceived threat, Bennaugh grabbed his handgun and began shooting. Following the shooting, he retreated to his room on the third floor. 

Bizarrely, Bennaugh claims he didn’t notice any injuries on Scott Hayes, assuming none of the bullets had hit him. Disturbingly, he went back to sleep, oblivious to the tragedy that had unfolded.

Prince George’s County Police are urging anyone with information about the case to contact its homicide unit at 301-516-2512. 

This horrific occurrence in Maryland serves as a sobering reminder of how minor disagreements can turn into deadly altercations, emphasizing the importance of amicable resolution and responsible gun ownership.

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