Montgomery County police chief reveals Brookeville killer sent him vexed emails in 2014

Christopher Snyder

MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md. (ABC7) — The man who killed three people after his wife escaped from their $800,000 home, rattled off a number of lengthy-pointed emails to Montgomery County's police chief about an arrest he disagreed with.

In August 2014, Montgomery County Police charged Chris Snyder with first-degree assault, reckless endangerment and the use of a firearm during the commission of a violent felony crime. The case stemmed from a domestic disturbance Snyder had with his then-girlfriend.

Although Snyder was accused of serious transgressions, prosecutors opted to drop all three charges after the victim recanted her story, likely out of fear. Once the criminal case was formally dismissed, Snyder began to send Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger a series of rambling, unnerved emails.

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"He was emailing me directly,” Manger told ABC7 Tuesday. “He felt like we didn't do our due diligence in terms of an investigation, that we just took the word of one woman and all of a sudden we were charging him with assault.”

Seeing as Snyder's emails (one four pages in length) accused the department of wrongdoing, Manger forwarded the correspondence to the internal affairs division. It ultimately found the officers who handled the 2014 case led a fair, thorough and honest investigation.

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"Charging him was the appropriate thing to do at the time," Manger said. "I think [Snyder] felt emboldened when the case was dropped. He seemed obsessed with getting his guns back."

In fact, police had confiscated Snyder's cache of firearms, numbering in the dozens, around the time of his 2014 arrest. Yet, once prosecutors folded their cards, the judge overseeing the criminal case ordered all of the weapons be returned to the military veteran.

In the years since, Manger said he had not paid Snyder much (if any) thought until being briefed last Monday during the triple murder turned seven-hour standoff.

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"I did remember the name," Manger said.

Records show Montgomery County Police charged Snyder with concealing a dangerous weapon and drug possession (not marijuana) in June 2017. The 41-year-old managed to have that case expunged as well, though the exact allegations are not currently known.

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