The second-guessing is beginning over a Washington, D.C.-area episode Monday in which a teenager killed a detective from the generally quiet suburban area of Fairfax County, Va., in an ambush at a police station. The Washington Post reported that Michael W. Kennedy, 18, had broken out of a Maryland psychiatric center three weeks earlier after checking himself in. On Monday, he was carrying an AK-47-style assault rifle, a high-powered hunting rifle, five handguns, and extra clips of ammunition as he entered a private police parking lot and fatally wounded detective Vicky Armel, 40.
Williams had turned himself in last month on a charge of carjacking after his psychiatric center escape. A court commissioner released him on $30,000 bond. Paul Kemp, a criminal defense lawyer and a former president of the local bar association, said, “The bond seems like a low number to me under the circumstances.” Given the severity of the charge of armed carjacking and indications that Kennedy had mental problems, Kemp he would have expected a bond between $150,000 and $1 million. An administrative commissioner said his colleague had set “an appropriate bond for the case and the charge.” The Associated Press quoted a high school classmate as saying that Kennedy joked last year “about shooting up a police station about a year ago, but we never took him seriously.”