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Harford County deputies involved in shooting death of armed suicidal man identified

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Posted at 6:24 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 08:47:56-04

BEL AIR, Md. — The Harford County Sheriff's Office has identified three of the five Deputies who fired their weapon, killing an armed suicidal man.

It was 7:20 in the morning last Thursday, when 11 deputies responded for a call at a home in the 4400 block of Colt Lane.

Upon showing up at the driveway of the house, the deputies were met by 58-year-old Steve Huff, who was holding a gun and reportedly shouting suicidal statements.

The deputies created a safety perimeter and called in the department's Special Response and Special Operations teams, who negotiated with Huff for around 30 minutes, while he continued to make threats.

At some point, officials say Huff suddenly advanced toward the deputies, prompting Robert Witt, Brent Perry, Daniel Buchler, and two other deputies to shoot and kill Huff.

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According to the Sheriff's Office, Witt has been with the agency since January 2018, while Perry joined in July of last year after 10 years with the Baltimore Police Department. Both are currently assigned to the Criminal Patrol Division. Buchler, of the Community Services Division is the longest serving of the three, having come on in August 2015 after previously retiring from the Baltimore County Police Department after 25 years.

The other two deputies involved are 11 and 16 year veterans, but were not named due to their assignments with the tactical division.

All of the deputies remain on routine administrative leave pending the completion of an internal investigation, and review by the County State's Attorney's Office.