Police Involved Shooting

Suspect Shot when he refused to Drop Machete Style Knife

[February 12, 2014 Edgewood, MD] - Harford County Sheriff's detectives are currently investigating a deputy involved shooting. On February 11, 2014 at 11:56pm, Harford County Sheriff's deputies, along with paramedics from the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, responded to the 500 block of Crownwood Court, for a report of an overdose victim. While enroute deputies were advised a 26 year-old male had taken an unknown quantity of pills and that he was alleged to have assaulted a female subject by pushing her down a flight of stairs. Deputies were also advised the subject may be in possession of a large knife.

Upon arrival deputies observed a male subject in front of the home and in possession of a machete type knife. The subject then ran into the woods and towards Rt. 24. Deputies pursued the subject on foot. As the suspect and the deputy approached Rt. 24 the suspect turned and started back towards the deputy again refusing repeated orders to drop the knife. Fearing for his safety the deputy then fired his duty weapon striking the suspect several times.

The suspect has been identified as Brian Matthew Ogle, 26. He was treated at the scene and subsequently taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Unit. His wounds are not believed to be life threatening. The name of the female victim has not been released yet. She was transported to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center by ambulance for evaluation related to her fall down the stairs. Her injuries appear minor and are not life threatening.

The deputy, whose name has not yet been released, is a seven year member of the Sheriff's Office assigned to the Patrol Service Bureau - Southern Precinct.

At this time the incident is under investigation by members of the Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Division. Rt. 24 between Hanson Road and Trimble Road is currently closed while detectives process the crime scene.

News Release

February 12, 2014


  • Edward Hopkins

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