VIDEO: Maryland Deputy Wounded, Suspect Killed in Gunfire Exchange
A Queen Anne’s County (MD) Sheriff’s Deputy was shot and the suspect who he exchanged gunfire with was killed during an early morning shooting Thursday.
Police say it was around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday when 52-year-old James L. Rich III’s girlfriend, who was staying with him at his home in the 200 block of Edmore Road in Chestertown, sent a text message to her father stating they had been involved in a physical altercation.
Her father called 911 and deputies responded to the home, but both Rich and the woman had left. It was later determined that her father had picked her up and taken her to the Sheriff’s office.Shortly after midnight, the woman gave a report on the domestic violence incident and was escorted back to the home to get some of her belongings.
When the woman, the deputy and the woman’s parents arrived back at the home, Rich and his teen son were already there.
Investigators say they started arguing again, at which point Rich went into a back bedroom and armed himself with a shotgun. He fired a round, and continued toward Deputy Warren Scott Hogan, firing again. Hogan returned fire. Both were hit, WJZ TV reports.
Hogan, who is a four year veteran, was flown to shock trauma and is currently listed in critical condition. He was hit by a shotgun blast below his body armor.