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Police come under fire during Wednesday chase in Aberdeen, two in custody

Isaiah Terrell Thomas and Ryan P. Samuel
Posted at 10:00 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 13:10:22-04

ABERDEEN, Md. — Aberdeen Police say two men are in custody after one allegedly fired at them multiple times during a foot chase Wednesday evening

It all started around 6:30 p.m. when Maryland State Police were pursuing a stolen Ford Mustang and lost sight of it.

At about 7 p.m., Aberdeen officers found the car abandoned in the 600 block of Saddler Street. A witness told police that two men got out of the vehicle and walked away.

Later, an officer stopped two men walking together on Gunnison Drive. One gave a driver's license and was identified as 23-year-old Ryan P. Samuel, of Virginia.

As officers were speaking, Samuel allegedly hit one of them in the chest before running away with the other man.

Police say Samuel stopped in a yard on Royal Terrace, turned and fired several shots at the officers giving chase. As they turned a corner of the house, Samuel reportedly fired off another round of shots, before fleeing and hiding somewhere on Gunnison Drive. Police never returned fire, they say.

A police K-9 tracked Samuel down under a large bush in the backyard of a home. Samuel surrendered and was arrested. Another police K-9 sniffed out a 9mm Glock pistol, supposedly used by Samuel in a bush directly across from where he was hiding. Detectives recovered four matching shell casings at the scene.

Samuel had the key to the Mustang, which turned out to be stolen from Portsmouth, Virginia. He later admitted to having two loaded magazines with ammunition.

Meanwhile around the exact same time of Samuel's arrest, police found the second suspect, 22-year-old Isaiah Terrell Thomas in the 600 block of W. Bel Air Avenue. He was already wanted on an open warrant in Harford County for probation violation.

Both men have prior convictions, prohibiting them from having a gun.