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Friday morning police pursuit in Frederick leads to shootout

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Lookman-Khalil Abolajo Bello
Posted at 8:25 AM, Mar 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-07 09:17:08-04

FREDERICK, Md. — A Friday morning police pursuit in Frederick leads to gunfire.

It happened around 2:45am on I-270 near route 85.

Frederick County Sheriff's deputy Christian Lucente tried pulling a driver over for speeding and suspected DUI.

The driver refused to stop, resulting in a car chase.

Eventually the driver stopped in the Kingsbrook Community area, at which point they bailed from the vehicle setting up a foot pursuit.

During the chase, the suspect allegedly fired gunshots at deputy Lucente prompting him to shoot back.

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Lookman-Khalil Abolajo Bello, of Hagerstown, was struck and is stable at Shock Trauma. Deputy Lucente was not hit.

“Deputy Lucente is fully cooperating with all aspects of the investigation, and I have complete confidence that his decision to use deadly force will be determined to be justified after being fired upon by the defendant. I am also confident that he will be returned to full duty within a short period of time," said Sheriff Chuck Jenkins.

A handgun believed to be Bello's was recovered from the scene.

Turns out Bello already had four open arrest warrants out of Frederick and Washington Counties, related to driving on a suspended license, and unpaid child support.

Now on top of that, he faces assault and gun charges related to this incident.

Lookman-Khalil Abolajo Bello
Lookman-Khalil Abolajo Bello

Update April 6, 2022:

The Frederick County State's Attorney's Office has ruled that Deputy Lucente's use of force was justified and reasonable.

Update April 7, 2022:

Deputy Lucente has been reinstated to full duty, although an administrative review is ongoing.