Pursuit and Shots Fired at a Deputy

(Bel Air, MD – Friday, June 27, 2008) — Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies have arrested and have charged Justin Bristol, age 16, of Forest Hill, MD with Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Attempted 2nd Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, 2nd Degree Assault, and Reckless Endangerment.

At approximately 7:00am this morning, Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call regarding a 16 year old youth that was extremely agitated and had taken his grandmother’s vehicle without permission. Deputies immediately set up traffic observations points and issued a “Be On the Look Out” for a 2002 Red Jeep Liberty. Information had been provided to deputies that the suspect had broken into an unoccupied relative’s home and removed several long guns and ammunition to include a shot gun.

The vehicle was spotted by a Harford County Sheriff’s Deputy on Route 1 (Conowingo Road) at approximately 8:00am. At that time the deputy attempted to stop the vehicle by activating the emergency lights and siren. The vehicle failed to stop and the suspect in the vehicle continued on driving erratically. After a short pursuit of the vehicle, Bristol, the driver of the Jeep Liberty, stopped. Three shots were heard coming from the vehicle. The Jeep continued on in a chaotic manner. Another brief pursuit commenced, but stopped quickly as the driver lost control and flipped at Irwin Road and

Route 1 (Conowingo Road) in Bel Air Maryland. Bristol exited the car and was immediately apprehended by deputies. He was transported to the Upper Chesapeake Medical Center by Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company’s Ambulance Crew where was treating and released with minor injuries.

Bristol, who is being charged as an adult was seen by the District Court Commissioner and is being held at the Harford County Detention Center without bond. A Bail Review Hearing is scheduled for June 30, 2008 at 1:15pm at District Court in Bel Air MD.

News Release

June 27, 2008


  • Sgt. David Betz
  • Monica A. Worrell

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