Sheriff names deputies killed by lone gunman in Abingdon
ABINGDON, Md. (WBFF) - Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler has released the names of the deputies shot and killed by a lone gunman in an Abingdon shopping center Wednesday afternoon.
Senior Deputies Mark Logsdon and Patrick Dailey were both killed.
Dailey, a former U.S. Marine, was a 30-year-veteran of the department. He is survived by his girlfriend, mother and two sons. Dailey was also a member of the Joppa-Magnolia VFC.
Logsdon was a 16-year member of the department and was also a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army. He is survived by his wife, three children and parents.
Both men served on Honor Guard.
"They were proud to wear this uniform," Gahler said.
The shooting happened after deputies were dispatched for an investigation around 11:46 a.m. Sheriff Gahler says Dailey was the first to arrive on the scene and found the suspect in a Panera.
Dailey "went to the back of the restaurant where the individual was located and began a discussion with the subject, who almost immediately produced a handgun and shot him in the head," Gahler described at a briefing Thursday.
The suspect then fled the restaurant.
Logdson arrived to the scene and approached the parking lot where the suspect was discovered in a car. Sheriff Gahler says shots were fired from the vehicle, striking Lodgson.
"It does appear that Mark was able to return fire, at least three rounds we believe," Gahler said. "Other deputies who were coming in from a different direction opened fire on the suspect and killed him."
The investigation is ongoing.
The suspect has been identified as 67-year-old David Brian Evans. Officials say there were outstanding warrants in two states for the suspect's arrest, including a criminal warrant out of Florida for assaulting a police officer and fleeing and eluding. The second was a circuit court civil writ issued by the Circuit Court of Harford County.
On Thursday Gahler noted that Evans was known to frequent the Panera "nearly every day" and "was known to the staff there."