Detective John R. Elliott


Detective John R. Elliott has served with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office in Maryland since July 2000. In the Major Crimes Unit, Detective Elliott investigates violent crimes including homicides, robberies, shootings, serious assaults, and stabbings. He is the Lead Investigator, providing direction to other detectives, resources, and management of complex crime scenes with multiple victims, witnesses, and officers. He has investigated or assisted in more than 150 death investigations which included homicides, suicides, accidental, undetermined deaths, and cold cases.

Detective Elliott has been active in legislative activities, testifying before a House of Delegates committee regarding the “No Good Time for Gun Crime” bill (House Bill 964/Senate Bill 558) and proposing a new ordinance regarding the carrying and concealing of replica BB guns – which was passed by the Charles County Commission and became law.

Since November 2011, he has been an instructor in criminal justice courses at the University of Maryland University College, currently teaching online classes in Criminal Investigation and Medical and Legal Investigations of Death.

Detective Elliott has developed diverse skills throughout his career, serving for four years as a Forensic Investigator for the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, conducting forensic death investigations. He served for three years as a patrol officer in the Washington D.C. Metro Transit Police, where he served as a Rail Safety Inspector, training and informing other law enforcement agencies on how to respond to incidents in the Metro Rail system. During his time with the Transit Police, Elliott was named Officer of the Year and received the Medal of Valor for apprehending a suspect who attempted to kill his partner.

Elliott served for 15 years as a volunteer firefighter with the Bryans Road Fire Department in Charles County and with the Rockville Fire Department. He is certified as a Firefighter II, a Fire Officer II and a Fire Service Instructor II, and maintained an Emergency Medical Technician certification from 1991-2005. He received a Unit Citation in Rockville for assisting in the rescue of an 8-year-old child from a house fire.

Detective Elliott received a Master of Science degree in Management from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire and Arson Investigation from the University of Maryland.