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Ex-wife reported suspect was at restaurant

Posted: 5:49 PM, Feb 12, 2016
Updated: 2019-02-07 18:00:19-05
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A woman who was once married to a man accused of killing two deputies before he was shot by officers says she reported to authorities that her ex-husband was at a restaurant in Harford County and might harm her family.

Sixty-eight-year-old David Evans and Senior Deputies Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon were killed Wednesday in the shootings in Abingdon. Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said Evans shot Dailey in the crowded Panera sandwich shop and shot Logsdon after he pursued him. Logsdon and other deputies fired at Evans.

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Sixty-seven-year-old Elizabeth Rupp of Aberdeen told The Washington Post that she had heard Evans was in town and had been at Panera. She went to the restaurant several times between December and this week, and she said she was sure Wednesday that it was him.

Rupp left the restaurant and contacted the sheriff's office about her concern that her family might be in danger, telling a dispatcher she believed Evans was unstable and that he was responsible for a 1998 shooting after which she found a bullet in the hood of her coat. The shooting was reported to police at the time, but Rupp said she hadn't seen the shooter, and no one was charged. She and Evans had divorced in 1989.

Dailey was dispatched to the restaurant in response to her complaint.

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