Authorities Release Details Regarding Maryland State Trooper Stabbing, Suspect Dead

Westminister, Maryland – A suspect who stabbed a state trooper and was then shot by that trooper in Carroll County this morning has died and the trooper remains hospitalized, according to authorities.

According to the preliminary Maryland State Police investigation, a trooper from the Westminster Barrack was responding to the area of Washington Road in Westminster to contact the victim of a destruction of property, who reported his tires had been slashed and his vehicle had been damaged for the second day in a row. While the trooper was responding, a second individual contacted the barrack and reported the tires on their vehicle had been slashed. This victim gave a description of a suspect and said the suspect was armed with a knife, said police.

Shortly after 8:00 a.m. today, as the trooper approached the intersection of Washington Road and Stoner Ave., he observed the suspect walking along the road. The uniformed trooper approached the suspect on foot and attempted to contact him. A struggle ensued in the area of the intersection of Washington Road and Stoner Ave. The trooper was stabbed by the suspect in the side with a knife, according to officials. The trooper fired his assigned duty weapon and struck the suspect.

The trooper-involved shooting is being investigated by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit. Upon completion, the investigation will be submitted to the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office for review. The Carroll County State’s Attorney and members of his staff visited the scene this morning and will continue to receive briefings from investigators. An investigation by the Maryland State Police Internal Affairs Division will also be conducted.

The scene is being processed by Maryland State Police crime scene technicians. Assistance is also being provided by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office. A knife has been located at the scene, accoring to authorities.

The trooper is a six-year veteran who is assigned to the Westminster Barrack. He is being treated at the UMD R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

The suspect is a 34-year-old man from Carroll County. He was pronounced deceased this morning at the Carroll Hospital Center.

Breaking Report

Westminister, Maryland – Maryland State Police are investigating a Trooper-involved shooting in Westminster.

About 8 am, Monday, March 11, 2019,  a Trooper encountered an adult male in the intersection of Washington Road & Stoner Avenue.

Officials say a struggle ensued and the Trooper was stabbed. The Trooper was able to shoot the assailant after the attack.

Rescue crews from the Westminster Fire Company responded to the 600 block of Washington Road for reports of a shooting.

Trooper 3, Maryland State Police (MSP) Aviation, was requested to the scene for the injured MSP Trooper who was believed to have been stabbed once in the abdomen.

The Trooper was flown to Baltimore’s Shock Trauma and was reportedly alert at the time of transport.

The subject, believed to be a male in his 30’s, was transported to Carroll Hospital where he was pronounced dead.


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