AACO Police Officer shoots armed man while serving "Red Flag Protective Order"

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    FERNDALE (WBFF) -- Anne Arundel County Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that occurred Monday morning in Ferndale.

    Police spokesman Jacklyn Davis said officers responded to 103 Linwood Avenue at around 5:15 a.m. to serve an “emergency risk protective order,” also known as the red flag order.

    Police say Gary J. Willis, who was the subject of the Extreme Risk Protective Order and the Emergency Petition, answered the door armed with a handgun.

    When officers began to serve Willis with the order, he became irate, opened the door to the residence and grabbed the gun according to police. They say, an attempt was made by an officer to take the gun away from Willis when Willis fired the gun.

    A second officer fired their service weapon, striking Willis, who was pronounced deceased at the scene.

    Davis says no Anne Arundel County officers were injured in the struggle. The suspect was pronounced dead on scene.

    Davis says there were other adults in the home, but no other injuries were reported.

    The Red Flag Law went into effect on October 1 and allows judges to create protective orders against a gun owner who has displayed certain threatening behaviors.

    The 'red flag' legislation is already law in five states- including California, Connecticut, Indiana, Oregon, and Washington. It has been introduced in 18 states and D.C.

    This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call the Tip Line at 410-222-4700.

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