Saturday 11 June 2022 03:16 AM Suspect in Maryland concrete plant shooting was an employee and was working on ... trends now

Saturday 11 June 2022 03:16 AM Suspect in Maryland concrete plant shooting was an employee and was working on ... trends now
Saturday 11 June 2022 03:16 AM Suspect in Maryland concrete plant shooting was an employee and was working on ... trends now

Saturday 11 June 2022 03:16 AM Suspect in Maryland concrete plant shooting was an employee and was working on ... trends now

The suspect in the shooting deaths of three men in the break room of a Maryland concrete plant on June 9 has been named as 23-year-old Joe Louis Esquivel.

Esquivel is facing three charges of first degree murder in addition to 20 other charges, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

They are all related to the killings of Charles Edward Minnick, Jr., 31, Joshua Robert Wallace, 30, and Mark Alan Frey, 50, died inside the Columbia Machine plant in Smithsburg, Maryland, yesterday afternoon.

According to police, Esquivel was an employee at Columbia Machine and is a resident of Hedgesville, West Virginia. During a search of his home, investigators retrieved more firearms, the sheriff's office said. 

 

Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, is facing more than 20 charges related to the shooting deaths of three co-workers in a Maryland concrete plant on June 9

Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, is facing more than 20 charges related to the shooting deaths of three co-workers in a Maryland concrete plant on June 9

Early in the investigation, Maryland State Police identified the suspect as a Hispanic male.  

One other employee, Brandon Chase Michael, 42, at the plant was wounded but survived. 

A 25-year veteran of the Maryland State Police was also wounded by Esquivel, authorities said. The trooper has since been released from the hospital. 

During that altercation, Esquivel was also wounded. 

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