$20,000 reward offered in shooting of state trooper in Harford County

September 04, 1996|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF

Maryland State Police yesterday announced a $20,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the shooting of a trooper last week near Abingdon, in Harford County.

Although investigators have not determined a motive for the shooting, they have said that Trooper Michael T. Hughes, who was released from an undisclosed hospital last weekend, may have been targeted in an ambush. Hughes works out of the JFK barracks where, police said, he has been active in efforts to thwart drug trafficking on Interstate 95.

Hughes, 30, was shot in the upper left arm Aug. 27 in the Long Bar Harbor community as he headed home in his marked car after completing a shift, police said.

Police have refused to disclose the hospital where he was treated, citing security concerns.

Police continued yesterday to search for the gunman, who was described as a black male, about 5-feet-8 to 5-feet-10, with a stocky build and wearing gold-framed glasses, a light T-shirt and dark pants. He was believed to have been armed with a 9 mm handgun.

Contributors to the reward include the Maryland Troopers Association, Lodge 15 of the Maryland Troopers Association and Harford County Crime Solvers.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police investigators at (410) 838-4101.

Pub Date: 9/04/96

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