Md. governor orders flags flown at half-staff for slain deputies


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    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WBFF) - Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff to honor the two Harford County sheriff's deputies who were shot and killed in Abingdon Wednesday.

    The shooting happened after two deputies were dispatched to an Abingdon Panera Bread for an investigation around 11:46 a.m. The lone gunman shot one deputy inside the Panera and fled toward nearby apartments, where he shot the second deputy. The gunman, identified as 68-year-old David Brian Evans, was shot and killed by law enforcement.

    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.

    The identities of the deputies have not been released, but Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said one was a 30-year veteran of the agency and served in the Court Services Division. The other deputy served the agency for 16 years and was assigned to the Community Services Division.

    In a statement Wednesday Gov. Hogan said, "Anytime law enforcement or first responders lose their lives in the line of duty, it is a tragedy and today's violence in Abingdon and the deaths of two Harford County sheriff's deputies is nothing less than absolutely heartbreaking ... It is my hope that their commitment and dedication to law enforcement and protecting others will be remembered and will forever serve as an inspiration to others."

    Harford County Executive Barry Glassman ordered the county flag to be flown at half-staff.

    "Today was a terrible reminder that the men and women in law enforcement risk their lives on every call," Glassman said in a statement Wednesday. "We had an opportunity to visit the families to share our condolences on behalf of the citizens of Harford County. We know that both families face trying times ahead and we pray for their healing and comfort. As we grieve together in the spirit of community, let us also honor the service and sacrifice of these two fallen heroes."

    Officials will hold the next briefing at 11 a.m. Thursday morning. It will stream here: foxbaltimore.com/live/event.

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