Calvert County, MD – A Calvert County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputy was shot while trying to apprehend a fleeing motorist on Saturday night, according to police.
The incident began in Dunkirk at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 17, when CCSO deputies attempted to stop a white Kia in the area of Yellow Bank Road, WRC reported.
Police said there were two people inside the car.
The driver initially pulled over, but then sped off down Route 4, according to investigators.
He was later identified as 21-year-old Brandon Alexander Turner, WRC reported.
The fleeing vehicle was traveling at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour when Turner allegedly opened fire at the pursuing deputies, WRC reported.
The CCSO said a patrol vehicle was hit at least once by the gunfire.
Deputies were able to perform a precision immobilization technique (PIT) maneuver in the area of the Huntingtown neighborhood and brought the vehicle pursuit to an end, WRC reported.
Then both suspects bailed out of the Kia and took off running, according to deputies.
Turner’s unidentified female passenger was quickly apprehended, but Turner allegedly opened fire on the deputies yet again as he ran away into a nearby residential area, WRC reported.
Deputies returned fire and apprehended the gunman after a short foot pursuit.
One deputy and the suspect were both shot during the exchange of gunfire, WRC reported.
Investigators said the suspect’s injuries are not life-threatening.
The wounded deputy was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and underwent emergency surgery, WRC reported.
He has been identified as CCSO Senior Deputy James Flynt.
Deputy Flynt served at the Calvert County Detention Center as a correctional deputy prior to joining the CCSO as a deputy five years ago, WRC reported.
He remained in critical condition on Sunday, and was upgraded to stable condition on Monday, WBAL reported.
“He will undergo more surgery today and remain in ICU for what looks like an extended period,” Calvert County Sheriff-elect Ricky Cox told WBAL on Monday.
Turner was arrested on charges of first-degree assault, attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, and second-degree assault of a law enforcement officer, WRC reported.
Two other deputies who fired their duty weapons during the shootout have been placed on paid administrative leave, as per protocol.
Sheriff Cox said that being alerted that one of his deputies was wounded in a shooting is “a call no sheriff ever wants to receive,” WTOP reported.
“The deputy that was injured literally put his life on the line,” Sheriff Cox said. “He did not go to work yesterday knowing his life would be changed forever. But, as he has done every day of his career, he suited up knowing it was a possibility.”
He praised the deputies for how they handled the entire situation from start to finish, WBAL reported.
“The deputies involved in this case were nothing short of heroic,” Sheriff Cox added. “They apprehended the suspect and provided him with immediate medical attention. They protected the public’s safety, while simultaneously taking care of their brother.”
The investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.