Man pleads guilty to attempted murder of officer

Posted at 6:30 PM, Apr 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 06:11:03-04

Colvin White, 31, of Annapolis, pled guilty to attempted first degree murder for the shooting of Anne Arundel County Police Officer Corporal Larry Adams. 

White faces life in prison. Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Wes Adams released the following statement  regarding the plea:

"We ask police officers to put themselves in harm's way every day and on April 10th, 2015 in the span of about five minutes, Corporal Larry Adams went from simply doing his job serving our citizens, to protecting one of our local businesses, to fighting for his life after being ambushed and shot by Colvin White. I am thankful that Officer Adams continues his path of recovery. Today's guilty plea to Attempted First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence sends a strong message to those who wish our police officers harm. It is not acceptable and we will hold you accountable for your actions. This plea is the result of an incredible effort by the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the State's Attorney Office. I wish to thank Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare for his continued professionalism and commitment to the community."

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On April 10, 2015 at approximately 2 a.m., Officer Larry Adams was on a routine patrol when he encountered a van on the side of the road. Officer Adams approached the passenger, Danielle Blake, 30, who said the van had run out of gas. Blake said the van driver went to a nearby 7-Eleven to get gas.

When Officer Adams arrived at the 7-Eleven, an employee alerted him to a suspicious man outside the store. Investigators believe at White was planning to rob the store. 

Adams asked for White's identification and a scuffle broke out. After White pushed Adams away, a chase ensued. White hid in the tree line and ambushed Adams, shooting his gun twice, hitting the officer in the neck before fleeing the scene. 

When officers arrived on location they found Adams in the street with life-threatening injuries. He was flown to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma where doctors were able to save his life. 

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Police were able to run a check on the van, which led officers to Blake and White. Blake pled guilty in October of serving as accessory-after-the-fact in the shooting and to transporting a handgun in a vehicle.

White's sentencing is to be determined.