Man fatally shot in struggle with Harford deputy

September 02, 1997|By Brenda J. Buote | Brenda J. Buote,SUN STAFF

A Port Deposit man was shot and killed in front of Edgewood High School last night during a struggle over a gun with a Harford County sheriff's deputy, a spokesman for the sheriff's office said.

Ronald Wilson Brown, 32, of the first block of Locust Court in the Cecil County town was shot once in the chest during the fight with the deputy, said Sgt. Edward Hopkins, the spokesman.

The name of the deputy, who has been with the department for six years, was not released.

Deputies went to the 1800 block of Eloise Lane in Edgewood after a 911 emergency call about 9 p.m. reporting a dispute.

"Two units responded and saw a small crowd gathering and a pickup truck leaving the area at a high rate of speed," Hopkins said. "A police chase ensued along secondary roads for about four miles."

The chase ended on Willoughby Beach Road, in front of the high school, when Brown -- who was wanted on several arrest warrants -- stopped the pickup and got out.

"The deputy tackled the suspect and radioed in to headquarters that he was fighting with the guy," Hopkins said. "The suspect was going for the deputy's gun."

The .40-caliber Glock handgun discharged, he said, adding that Brown did not have a weapon.

The bullet struck Brown in the chest, and he died at the scene, Hopkins said. "At this point, we're not sure how the trigger was pulled," he said. The incident is under investigation.

Brown was wanted on charges including assault, fleeing and alluding capture, failure to appear in court and driving with a revoked license, Hopkins said.

Pub Date: 9/02/97

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