Panera Bread reopens after deaths of 2 deputies

Posted at 9:19 AM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2019-02-07 16:21:56-05

Panera Bread in Abingdon, where Harford County sheriff's deputy Patrick Dailey was killed in the line of duty last week, reopened Tuesday morning.

Dailey was shot and killed inside the restaurant after approaching a suspect. Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon was shot nearby after the suspect fled the Panera.

Hundreds have visited the scene of the incident leaving flowers, notes, and balloons for the fallen heroes, and out of respect to the victim's families, the cafe closed for five days.

Tuesday morning with the support of law enforcement and Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, the business re-opened as the community slowly returns back to normal.

“It was quiet, there's not a lot of people here, which is sad because it's still business as usual,” said Zach Stinebaugh. Stinebaugh is a regular customer of the Panera Bread in Abingdon. He said he visits there almost every morning and would like to see the business recover from the tragedy.

“It's very sad what happened and I support police officers as much as possible. I have a lot of friends that are Baltimore County police officers and Harford County police officers, and I just hope that people do come back," he said.

In a statement released today, the company wrote: “The Panera Family is heartbroken over the incident at our Abingdon bakery-cafe. Our thoughts and actions now are directed towards the victims and their families.”

Those thoughts and actions are also shared by the community and evident in a memorial outside the bakery's doors.

“It’s an awesome amount of support for our police officers, I love that and I support the police officers 100 percent,” said Stinebaugh.

Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler stopped by to thank employees and to show his support.

Community members have created a growing memorial outside of the restaurant, leaving flowers and cards for deputies Dailey and Mark Logsdon.

RELATED: Harford Co. community continues to mourn loss of two sheriff's deputies

The reopening comes as family and friends prepare for a second day of visitation for Dailey at the Mountain Christian Church in Joppa, Md. The viewing will continue Tuesday from 2 p.m. and 9 p.m., with funeral arrangements set for Wednesday at 10 a.m. 

Visitation for deputy Logsdon will be held Thursday and Friday at the Mountain Christian Church. His funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the APG Federal Credit Union Arena at Harford Community College.

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