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Deputy who shot and killed man in Thurmont has been identified

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Posted at 1:05 PM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 13:05:48-04

THURMONT, Md. — The Frederick County Sheriff's Office deputy who shot and killed a man who had called the cops on himself has been identified.

Sargent Kevin Riffle, who has been with the Frederick County Sheriff's Office for 13 years, was the involved deputy and still remains on administrative leave.

According to the Frederick County Sheriff's office, they received an initial call of a man breaking into a home using the back window. The caller ended up being 26-year-old Abraham Arellano, who was the suspect killed in this shooting.

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Officers at the scene say they saw Arellano coming from the backyard of the home and gave verbal commands to him while he walked down the driveway and made his way towards the house holding a handgun. Officers asked him to put his gun down, but he refused and continued to walk towards the home.

In response, a deputy with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office discharged his patrol rifle one time and shot Arellano.

Arellano was pronounced dead at the scene.