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Suspect dead, officer injured following police involved shooting in Crofton

Posted at 10:39 AM, Jan 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-09 14:50:33-05

CROFTON, Md. — A suspect is dead and an officer is injured following a January 30 police involved shooting in Crofton.

It happened around 4 a.m. in the 900 block of Danville Court.

Police say a woman called 911 reporting that her adult son was assaulting her and refusing to leave her home.

No one reportedly answered the door when officers arrived, but the victim happened to still be on the phone with the dispatcher saying the son was preventing her from opening the door.

She ended up giving officers permission to enter the home.

Once inside they found the woman and her son locked together in a third floor bedroom.

Officers made their way inside the room and ordered the son, identified as 20-year-old Dyonta Quarles, Jr., to the ground.

Quarles initially complied, but when officers went to handcuff him, he started to fight.

One officer tried tasing Quarles, but it had no effect.

Officer J. Ricci was hurt during the struggle, and ultimately shot Quarles to death.

The 11-year police veteran was taken to Shock Trauma with serious injuries.

Police body-worn cameras were activated during this incident.

According to the Maryland Attorney General's Office, that footage could be released in the coming weeks.