Howard County police have charged a Baltimore man in the June 23 fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend in Columbia. 

Jawon Stanford Ferguson, 38, of North Curley Street, is charged with first- and second-degree murder and a weapon violation. He was arrested on June 26 in Baltimore and is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.  

Police responded to a parking garage in the 10200 block of Wincopin Circle on June 23 for a report of an adult female unresponsive in a vehicle. The victim, Victoria Ann Santiago, 47, of Windsor Mill, was suffering from a gunshot wound and transported to Howard County General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. 

Through investigation, detectives learned that Ferguson and Santiago were in a restaurant together before walking back to the victim’s vehicle in the parking garage. Investigators believe Ferguson then shot Santiago before fleeing. The motive remains under investigation.

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