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William Brown shot and killed after stabbing Ronnesha Simms, police say

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJLA) - Two people are dead Tuesday morning after police say they shot and killed an Anne Arundel County man after he stabbed a woman to death.

William Brown, 31, was shot and killed after stabbing a 29-year-old woman to death. Photo: Annapolis Police Department

Annapolis Police officers responded to a report of a man, identified as 31-year-old William Brown, stabbing a woman on the 1900 block of Copeland Street just before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The deadly drama reportedly began with a loud fight that spilled out from a townhome.

When officers arrived, the found a woman, 29-year-old Ronnesha Simms, with multiple stab wounds in a parking lot. Officials say Brown advanced on them and was shot and killed by another officer.

However, the officer had to fire five times in order to stop Brown. It is believed that every shot hit him, and yet Brown did not stop the attack on the mother of his children until he finally dropped dead.

"Mr. Brown was able to stab Ms. Simms one more time in front of the officer," said Chief Michael Pristoop with the Annapolis Police Department.

Both Brown and Simms were taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where they were both pronounced dead.

Officials say that Brown and Simms have children together and that two kids were inside the home when the stabbing happened.

Witnesses told authorities that they saw Brown stabbing Simms in a parking lot. Shortly after being spotted, he dropped the knife, which was kicked away by a bystander.

That's when authorities say Brown went back inside the Bywater Mutual Homes community and came out with another knife as police arrived. As he advanced on both the victim and officers, that's when he was shot multiple times by an officer

Ronnesha Simms lived in a townhome with her two children, ages two and nine. Her reputation was solid -- a high school graduate and certified nursing assistant -- according to a neighbor who did not want to be identified.

"She was a good mom; she stayed to herself and the only people you'd see would be her family, her sister, you know," the neighbor said.

Brown, on the other hand, was a known PCP user with a long arrest record and history of violence toward Simms. Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen says the 14-year veteran officer had no choice but to shoot:

"If the officer did not respond promptly and take immediate action as he did, this could have potentially been a more tragic situation than it was.”

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