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Support Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Deputy Warren Scott Hogan;ALL CHAPTERS
January 7 @ 4:00 pm
Brothers and Sisters,
We will gather in the parking area under the Kent Narrows Bridge in Chester, Maryland for a Mission to support Queen Anne’s County Deputy Warren Scott Hogan who was shot and seriously injured on December 29, 2016. Please bring a 3X5 American Flag, or POLICE SUPPORT Sign. We will honor the injured Deputy and show support for the Sheriff’s Department. Please tell your friends and family about this important MISSION.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!! LET’S SHOW OUR SUPPORT and LET THEM KNOW WE CARE!!!!
• DETAILS OF THE INCIDENT (From the Baltimore Sun)
A 52-year-old man was killed and a Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s deputy was critically injured early Thursday in an exchange of gunfire after a domestic dispute in Chestertown on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, authorities said.
A Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Officer was shot Thursday morning in a residence in Chestertown, police said.
(Courtesy Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office / Baltimore Sun)
Sheriff’s Deputy Warren Scott Hogan and the man, James L. Rich II, shot each other following a dispute between Rich and his girlfriend at his home in the 200 block of Edmore Road, according to Maryland State Police, which is investigating at the request of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office.
The woman, who was not named by police, texted her father about 9:30 p.m. that Rich had been violent toward her, and she asked her father to call police. When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the home, the woman and Rich were not there; the woman’s father had brought her to the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Department himself, officials said.
When deputies and the woman’s parents escorted her back to the house to pick up her belongings, they found Rich and his teenage son home. Rich and his girlfriend again began to argue, and he retrieved a shotgun from a back room in the house, police said.
“He came out of the room and fired one round,” State Police spokesman Greg Shipley said. “He then continued walking toward the deputy and was in close proximity when the suspect and the deputy exchanged gunfire.”
“Both were struck by the other’s gunfire, according to the preliminary investigation,” Shipley said.
Rich was taken to University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, where he was pronounced dead. Hogan, a four-year veteran of the department, was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore Thursday morning, where he was in critical condition following surgery, the agency said.
No one else was injured, police said.
The deputy was wearing a body camera during the incident. Any footage will be reviewed by Maryland State Police as it investigates and won’t be immediately released, officials said.
Hogan also was wearing protective armor, but the shotgun blast hit below it, officials said.
He was conscious and talking when he was admitted to Shock Trauma, Physician-in-Chief Dr. Thomas Scalea said, but the injuries could take weeks, months or more to heal.
“A close-range shotgun blast is a devastating injury with a huge amount of energy transfer and that certainly happened to this officer,” Scalea said.
Many sheriff’s deputies made the trip to the Shock Trauma to accompany Hogan and his family. Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis also walked upstairs to the waiting room area following a news conference in the hospital lobby.
“He’s a really great guy and we’ve been here the entire time with him and his family supporting them, helping them get through this very traumatic event,” Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann said. “His family’s having a really tough time with this, as is the law enforcement family and the community.”
Gov. Larry Hogan, who is not related to the deputy, said he and his wife are “sending our prayers” to the deputy.
“As governor, I have been moved countless times by our police and first responders who place themselves in harm’s way willingly and bravely to make our communities safer,” the governor said in a statement.
Deputies had served a protective order to Rich at the home in July 2015, Hofmann said. A search warrant was obtained and was being executed at the house Thursday.
In 2001, a Queen Anne’s County sheriff’s deputy and a Centreville police officer were killed in a shooting at an Eastern Shore trailer park. Francis Mario Zito, a 43-year-old Pennsylvania native, was convicted the following year of first-degree murder in the killings, which happened as police tried to enter his trailer.
Baltimore Sun reporter Pamela Wood contributed to this story.