North East, MD – A Cecil County sheriff’s deputy was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance on Sunday afternoon, according to police.
The Cecil County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) deputy and two Maryland State Police (MSP) troopers from the North East Barrack were responding to a report of a domestic disturbance in the 100-block of Chesapeake Ridge Lane when the incident occurred at approximately 3:30 p.m., The Baltimore Sun reported.
The deputy and the troopers said that when they arrived at the scene, they heard a struggle going on inside an apartment.
They repeatedly announced themselves and tried to get someone to come to the door, but the fight inside the residence continued, WJZ reported.
The responding officers ultimately made their way into the home through an unlocked door, police said.
They spotted two men fighting inside the home just before shots were fired from inside the apartment, according to the MSP.
The deputy was struck by at least one bullet, at which point a trooper returned fire, hitting one of the men involved in the disturbance, The Baltimore Sun reported.
“In fear for their lives, one of the troopers returned fire and immediately retreated from the apartment to take cover with the injured deputy and the other trooper,” the MSP said in a press release, according to WJZ.
The 24-year-old man, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Neighbors said the deputy who was shot had a tourniquet on his arm when he was taken out of the apartment to be transported to the hospital, according to WJZ.
He was rushed to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Delaware, with non-life threatening injuries, WJZ reported.
“He already has been treated and released,” Cecil County Sheriff Scott Adams told the Cecil Whig on Sunday night. “We are very fortunate.”
The trooper who fired his weapon during the incident has been placed on administrative duties, according to The Baltimore Sun.
The MSP’s investigation into the fatal shooting remains ongoing.
The case will be reviewed by the Cecil County State’s Attorney’s Office once it is completed, WJZ reported.
#BREAKING: Maryland State Police confirms a Cecil County sheriff deputy was shot earlier today at the Chesapeake Ridge apartment complex responding to a domestic disturbance. It happened around 3 p.m. @wjz pic.twitter.com/zCCucFt0ev
— Amy Kawata TV (@AmyKawata) July 12, 2021
BREAKING UPDATE: @CecilSheriff has confirmed 1 of their deputies was shot. He was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Deputies say they came to this apt at Chesapeake Ridge on a domestic disturbance around 3p & was met with gunfire. @wbaltv11 pic.twitter.com/OS5slhkesv
— Tre Ward (@TreWardWBAL) July 11, 2021
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