Calvert Co. sheriff’s deputy in critical condition after gunfire exchange during vehicle pursuit
A Calvert County sheriff’s deputy was shot and remains in critical condition following a traffic stop that evolved into a vehicle pursuit and an exchange of gunfire with the fleeing suspect.
A Calvert County sheriff’s deputy was shot and remains in critical condition following a traffic stop that evolved into a vehicle pursuit and an exchange of gunfire with a fleeing suspect Saturday evening, according to the Maryland county’s sheriff’s office.
Calvert County sheriff’s deputies said they conducted a traffic stop in the area of Yellow Bank Road in Dunkirk around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. The vehicle then fled from deputies “at a high rate” southbound on Route 4, a news release said.
The driver of the fleeing vehicle opened fire at the pursuing deputies and a news release said one patrol vehicle was shot. In Huntingtown, the deputies used a precision immobilization technique, or PIT, maneuver to end the pursuit by forcing the suspect’s vehicle to abruptly turn 180 degrees and come to a stop.
As the people inside of the vehicle fled on foot, the driver fired additional rounds and struck one deputy.
The deputies shot back, and the suspect fled into a nearby development in the Walnut creek subdivision. The vehicle’s passenger was immediately taken into custody. Shortly after, deputies apprehended the vehicle’s driver, who had also been shot, suffering non-life-threatening injuries. The driver remains in stable condition.
An additional two deputies involved in the gunfire exchange were placed on administrative leave, in accordance with agency policy. The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the incident.
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