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Maryland Deputy Murdered During Foot Pursuit With Fugitive

Pittsville, MD – A Wicomico County sheriff’s deputy was murdered while trying to apprehend a fugitive wanted for multiple felonies in multiple jurisdictions on Sunday night, according to his department.

The attack occurred on June 12 at the Talbot Apartments on Gumboro Road, WJLA reported.

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) said in a Facebook post early Monday morning that Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard was “attempting to apprehend a fugitive who was wanted on multiple felony warrants in multiple jurisdictions” when he was “gunned down.”

The shooting occurred during a foot pursuit, WJLA reported.

“Deputy Hilliard was fatally shot while attempting to apprehend the suspect,” the WCSO confirmed.

The suspect, later identified as Austin Jacob Allen Davidson, was apprehended following an “extensive manhunt by dozens of law enforcement officers throughout the region,” according to the WCSO.

“The suspect was captured and is awaiting arraignment,” the WCSO said. “There is no further threat by this man to our communities.”

Deputy Hilliard, 41, would have celebrated his 42nd birthday on Wednesday.

He served the WCSO for 16 years and was most recently assigned “back to patrol upon request,” according to his department.

“The days ahead will be challenging, but for now, we are mourning the loss of an incredible human being,” the WCSO said.

The sheriff’s office described Deputy Hilliard as “an exemplary public servant” to both his city and the state of Maryland.

“As an organization, we are heartbroken over this senseless and tragic murder,” the WCSO said. “This loss exacts an enormous emotional toll on the Sheriff’s Office family, but we will do what is necessary and proper to honor Glenn and support those who knew and loved him.”

“Brave men and women like Glenn Hilliard put their lives in danger every day to protect our families, and I am extremely grateful to them for keeping our communities safe,” the agency said. “Our hearts and prayers go out to Glenn’s family during this difficult time.”

Deputy Hilliard leaves behind his spouse and three children.

The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit is handling the ongoing investigation into Deputy Hilliard’s murder, WJLA reported.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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