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John Otha Dickens, Jr. accused of assault, shot by deputies

John Otha Dickens Jr. Photo: St. Mary's County Sheriff

Police say a man who was shot by a St. Mary's County Sheriff's deputy Monday morning had returned to assault a woman and a child.

Police say John Otha Dickens, Jr. first assaulted the victim inside a Lexington Park home on Bristol Avenue Sunday. He was charged with assault and later released on a $7,500 bond and ordered to have no contact with the victim.

The next morning, Dickens allegedly returned to the home around 6:30 a.m. and assaulted the same woman with a knife and threatened her with a gun. Police say Dickens also assaulted a 5-year-old child with a knife.

When deputies responded, they heard screams from an upstairs bedroom. Dickens allegedly refused to stop assaulting the victim and was shot by Sheriff's deputies.{ }

Dickens was treated at Prince George's Hospital Center and later charged with first and second-degree assault. He was again released on a $5,000 bond.

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