Anne Arundel County, MD-Two Anne Arundel County detectives were shot late Wednesday night while pursuing a person of interest in a death investigation.
During a press conference Thursday morning, Sgt. Jacklyn Davis said detectives were investigating a death that occurred earlier that day. Police responded to the 600 block of Newfield Road where a man was found dead inside the location.
The victim’s vehicle was taken in that incident and was later located in the Fort Smallwood area of Baltimore.
"Detectives went to initiate a traffic stop on that suspect. That suspect fired on officers, striking a detective. He has been transported to an area hospital. He was able to break off the pursuit to get medical attention," Davis said. "A second detective continued the pursuit of the subject, who was shooting at him, chased him into the Stoney Beach community, they exchanged gunfire again and that detective was also shot. So we have two detectives shot. Our suspect is still outstanding in the Stoney Beach community."
The suspect is described as a white male, tall, approximately 6 feet tall, skinny, with possible face and/or neck tattoos.
The second shooting was in the Stoney Beach community.
"Anybody in that community, look out your windows. If you see somebody in your yard give us a call. We consider him armed and dangerous. He shot two of our guys. He's armed, he's dangerous, and we're out looking for him," Davis said.
The first officer that was shot is in critical, but stable condition. He was taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. The second officer shot is in stable condition.
The detectives were identified as Detective Scott Ballard, a 22-year veteran assigned to the fugitive apprehension team, and Detective Ian Preece, a 13-year veteran assigned to the homeland security investigations team.
Police Chief Timothy Altomare urged the shooter to turn himself in to police.
"Every minute you stretch this out, it makes it more dangerous for my cops, and thus it makes it more dangerous for you. We need you to come and turn yourself in. We will treat you with respect to a human being. You will be safe and we will respect your rights. But you need to come in and end this lunacy before another person gets hurt."
Gov. Larry Hogan released a statement, saying, "We have absolutely no tolerance for the violence committed against two Anne Arundel County Police detectives last night. These brave officers are now in stable condition, and all Marylanders are praying for their full and speedy recovery."