Deputy Sheriff Shot

(Harford County, MD – December 19, 2008) – A Harford County Sheriff’s deputy was shot early this morning while assisting the Cecil County Narcotics Task force.

At approximately 5:00 am this morning, three Harford County Sheriff’s deputies were assisting the Cecil County Narcotics Task Force serving a warrant in the 300 block of Old Conowingo Road, Conowingo, Cecil County, MD. The three assisting deputies are assigned to the Harford County Joint Narcotics Task Force. While in the residence officers encountered the owner, James William Ratledge, 60, who fired a handgun once at the officers striking a Harford County Sheriff’s deputy, in the upper left area of his chest. The deputy, an eight year veteran, was wearing his bullet resistant vest and suffered non-life threatening injuries. The deputy was transported to Harford Memorial Hospital in Havre De Grace, Harford County, MD for observation and was released shortly thereafter. The Maryland State Police are investigating the incident.

Further questions regarding the investigation should be directed to the Public Information Office of the Maryland State Police.

News Release

December 19, 2008


  • Sgt. David Betz
  • Monica A. Worrell

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