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A suspect who allegedly shot two Maryland police officers, leaving one in critical condition, has been taken into custody after being surrounded by police overnight. David Linthicum was arrested by police just before 6 a.m. this morning after he was located and “pinned down” within a “perimeter” overnight, Harford County Police said. The 24-year-old evaded police capture twice during the 36-hour manhunt after shooting officers on Wednesday and Thursday.
Linthicum had barricaded himself in a wooded area near a mall in Fallston around 7 p.m. m. Thursday, before an exchange of fire took place in which an officer was seriously wounded. The injured officer is currently on life support after being admitted to Shock Trauma at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore after being shot multiple times in the torso. Officers pleaded with Linthicum to surrender during the hour-long standoff before he was finally apprehended Friday morning.
Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told reporters in the early hours of Friday morning before his arrest: “We believe he is armed with at least one rifle.” It’s not as easy as walking up and putting the handcuffs on him. The seriously injured officer was shot Thursday night during a search for Linthicum, who authorities say had injured another officer while shooting at police the previous afternoon.
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Baltimore County Acting Police Chief Dennis Delp said early Friday that the detective who was shot Thursday night was in stable condition. Delp did not say how many times the officer was shot, but noted that he was wearing a ballistic vest. It was later revealed that the officer had been admitted to Shock Trauma at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and was on life support. Dr Thomas Scalea said at the press conference: ‘He is going to need a significant amount of reconstruction. ‘We are putting together our plan now. He will be with us for a while.
Linthicum had stolen the detective’s vehicle after the shooting around 9:20 p.m. m., police said. Sheriff Gahler previously said that Linthicum was isolated in an area where there was no threat to public safety and officers would wait to avoid the use of deadly force while they attempted to make an arrest. “We don’t want to be forced to take this individual’s life,” he said.
Police took a rifle and a pistol from the recovered vehicle after the suspect fled, Gahler said. The first shooting occurred while police were responding to a call from a person in crisis. Baltimore County officers were called Wednesday afternoon to a home on Powers Avenue in Cockeysville, where a family member walked them to the person in crisis, police said in a statement.
As officers interacted with Linthicum, he fired multiple shots, wounding one officer, police spokeswoman Joy Stewart said. The officers did not fire their weapons during that interaction, she said. The injured officer was taken to a hospital and authorities announced Wednesday night that he was released and in good spirits.
The shooting suspect was later identified by police as Linthicum. There was a heavy police presence in the area with helicopters hovering overhead Wednesday as officials closed roads in the neighborhood of single-family homes with large yards that stretch into woods, media reported. Authorities urged residents to shelter in place and several schools in the area were closed Thursday. The search continued until Thursday night when police ordered residents near the Cockeysville home to shelter in place because Linthicum was seen in the area. Linthicum was subsequently arrested the following morning.Read More……