Queen Anne's Co. sheriff's deputy injured, fatally shoots suspect

Posted at 8:59 AM, Dec 29, 2016

A Queen Anne's County sheriff's deputy was in critical condition Thursday morning after exchanging gunfire with a suspect.

The suspect, James L. Rich, was pronounced dead at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown, according to Maryland State Police.

The deputy has been identified by the sheriff's office as Dfc. Warren Scott Hogan.

Around 9:30 p.m., deputies were called to a domestic disturbance in the 200 block of Edmore Road in Chestertown, police said.

The woman, who was Rich's girlfriend, had texted her father saying she had been in a physical altercation earlier with Rich, state police spokesman Greg Shipley said in a Thursday morning press conference.  

Shortly after midnight, the woman was escorted by police to the home to get clothes. While inside, Rich got a shotgun and fired at the deputy, who shot back, according to police.

Hogan, a four-year veteran of the sheriff's office, was flown to Shock Trauma where he underwent surgery.

He remained in critical condition as of Thursday morning.


**WMAR Staff contributed to this report.

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