A woman was taken in custody following a police-involved shooting that left one man dead in Mounty Airy, according to Howard County Police Department and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.
On Monday, members of the Howard County Police Department’s Repeat Offenders Unit partnered with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to investigate a series of burglaries.
During the multijurisdictional investigation, members of the special unit spotted a suspect attempting to break into a building on Manor Drive in Mount Airy. The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office was ordered to stop the suspect’s vehicle near Md. 27, according to the release.
When the officers tried to stop the vehicle on Penn Shop Road, the suspect rammed his vehicle into one of the police cruisers. Two officers immediately opened fire on the suspect’s vehicle, hitting the suspect, according to the release.
Major Tim Clarke with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said here is no body cam or dash cam footage available. The number of shots fired is not known at this time.
Following the incident, Gary Gardner, Howard County Chief of Police issued a statement, saying the shooting took place in the 12900 block of Penn Shop Road, which is in Frederick County.
“Because the incident occurred in Frederick County, it is being investigated by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. I have been in touch with Sheriff [Charles] Jenkins and assured him that Howard County Police will cooperate fully in their investigation and provide them with any information or assistance they need. I am confident Frederick County will conduct a thorough and detailed investigation,” Gardner said in the statement.
An internal investigation will also be conducted, since the incident involved a police officer. The two officers have been placed on administrative leave, Gardner said.
“It is a difficult day when there is an incident that results in the loss of a life,” he said. “We will continue to work with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office to ensure investigators have access to all the information and assistance they need.”
Penn Shop Road was closed at Md. 27 just after noon until around 3:30 p.m.
Officials had not released the names of the man fatally shot by the officers or female suspect taken into custody.