Two deputies with the Harford County (MD) Sheriff’s Office were shot and killed in broad daylight on Wednesday afternoon by a wanted man whom authorities believe deliberately targeted them because they were law enforcement.
The incident began after Deputy Patrick Dailey, a 30-year veteran, responded to a call of a man acting strangely at a local Panera Bread restaurant. When Deputy Dailey began talking to the man, identified as David Brian Evans, 67, Evans unexpectedly pulled a gun on the deputy and shot him.
Evans fled out of the restaurant but was confronted by Deputy Mark Logson, a 16-year veteran. Evans shot and killed Logson before being shot and killed himself by two other deputies.
Evans was wanted out of Florida on charges of assaulting a police officer.
Harford Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said of the shooting, “I think the suspect took that action because he was wearing a police uniform. He certainly targeted him.”
Governor Larry Hogan issued a statement after the shooting. It read, in part, “The First Lady and I send our most sincere thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of the brave deputies who made the ultimate sacrifice today for the community they selflessly served.”
The incident marks the first time in 15 years that two Maryland officers were killed in a single shooting.
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