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BREAKING: Maryland Officer Critically Injured, Suspect Dead

Crofton, MD – An Anne Arundel County police officer was critically injured and a suspect is dead after officers responded to a domestic dispute at a home in Crofton early on Sunday morning.

Anne Arundel County Police Lieutenant Jacklyn Davis said officers responded to a home on in the 900-block of Danville Court at about 4 a.m. on Jan. 30 after receiving a 911 call from a woman who said her son had assaulted her and wouldn’t let her leave her home, WMAR reported.

The frightened mother stayed on the phone with the 911 operator while officers responded, but when they arrived, nobody answered the door.

Lt. Davis said she told the 911 operator that her son wouldn’t let her answer and gave permission for officers to make entry to her home, WMAR reported.

Officers entered the house and found the woman and her son locked inside a third-floor bedroom.

The lieutenant said police busted into the room and ordered the son to the ground, WMAR reported.

He said that at first, the suspect complied with officers’ commands, but then he turned violent and began resisting.

Lt. Davis said an officer deployed a Taser but it proved ineffective against the struggling man, WMAR reported.

An officer was seriously injured in the altercation.

The lieutenant said the wounded officer fired his gun at the suspect and killed him during the fight, WMAR reported.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene, WJZ reported.

Police rushed the wounded hero to a trauma center at a nearby hospital.

Officials have not released any information on the officer’s medical status, nor have they released any details about what kind of serious injuries the wounded officer sustained.

The identity of the officer who was hurt has not been released, WMAR reported.

Authorities also have not identified the suspect who was killed.

The Maryland Attorney General’s Independent Investigations Division is investigating the incident in conjunction with the Maryland State Police, WBAL reported.

“We extend our condolences to the family as well as the injured officer,” Maryland Attorney General Independent Investigations Division Spokesman Thomas Lester said. “Our role in this investigation is to piece together exactly what happened from the time the 911 call was received until our office was notified.”

Lt. Davis said the officers involved in the incident were wearing bodycams and that the footage would be reviewed by officials as quickly as possible, WBAL reported.

“Any time there is a loss of life, obviously, we all feel it. I ask that we keep this family lifted in prayer in addition to our injured officer,” Anne Arundel County Police Chief Amal Awad said. “These are certainly tough calls that we respond to, and officers are thrust into situations where they have to make critical decisions. Oftentimes, they’re split-second decisions that they have to live with for the rest of their lives.”

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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