Brookeville killer hadn't paid property taxes on home since 2009, saved $40,000+
BROOKEVILLE, Md. (ABC7) — A federally-licensed gun dealer who killed three people and himself had not paid property taxes on his primary residence since 2009, Maryland state records obtained by ABC7 divulge.
According to the Maryland State Department of Assessments and Taxation (SDAT), Christopher Snyder, 41, applied for a lucrative property tax exemption in February 2010, on a home he owned in the 4600 block of Huntley Drive in Ellicott City. He re-applied for the same tax exemption in May 2013 upon moving to his residence along Brown Farm Way in Brookeville.
Snyder obtained the exemptions due to his 100 percent military disability status. The SDAT application requires a copy of the veteran's honorable discharge or a "DD-Form No. 214." It additionally asks for a Veteran's Affairs document stating that the veteran is "100% permanently and totally disabled or 100% permanently unemployable."
Although SDAT released a copy of Snyder's property tax exemption form, it redacted all medical details. That portion "is not open for public inspection,” the document states in writing. It is unclear if Snyder received the exemption due to physical and/or mental limitations.
Records show Snyder avoided paying more than $40,000 in property taxes between his Howard County and Montgomery County homes from 2010 to present. His Brookeville home is currently assessed at around $732,000. His former Ellicott City home is presently assessed at $320,000.
Snyder was still required to pay his annual solid waste, bay restoration fund and water quality protection charges, as they are not technically considered part of the property tax bill. In 2017, those charges totaled $577 for Snyder’s Brookeville residence.
A public records search indicates Snyder served in an unknown capacity with the U.S. Air Force, spending time at Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage, Alaska, during the 1990s. Little more is currently known about his time with the U.S. military.
ABC7 has requested Snyder's military records from the National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri. A representative at the massive government warehouse explained it could take up to one month to fulfill such a request. The data will not contain medical information due to privacy laws.
At the time of his fatal rampage, Snyder was employed by the Code 3 Tactical Academy in Columbia, Maryland. He trained people, including law enforcement, in self-defense and tactical maneuvers at the gym. He also shared his knowledge with the Prince George’s County Police Department Training Academy on a number of occasions.
There are nearly 50 approved property tax exemptions in Maryland, including, but not limited to, continuing care facilities for the elderly, fire and rescue companies, cemeteries, religious groups and certain licensed public airports.