Harford deputy who killed man put on leave Shooting is first of its kind in county

September 03, 1997|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

A sheriff's deputy who officials say shot and killed a Cecil County man during a struggle Monday night has been placed on administrative leave with pay, a Harford County sheriff's office spokesman said yesterday.

Deputy 1st Class Paul Mirabile, a six-year veteran, was to be interviewed by investigators about the Monday incident in which Ronald Wilson Brown, 32, of the first block of Locust Court in Port Deposit was shot in the chest.

Sgt. Edward Hopkins, spokesman for the sheriff's office, said criminal and administrative investigations were being conducted. It was the first fatal shooting in the county by a regular patrol deputy.

"The details of the criminal investigation will be reviewed by the state's attorney's office," Hopkins said. "That office will determine whether any criminal charges will be brought."

Hopkins said the three witnesses interviewed have corroborated the deputy's initial statement that Brown struggled with him for the deputy's gun.

Officials said the incident began about 9 p.m. Monday when deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a dispute in the 1800 block of Eloise Lane in Edgewood and saw a pickup speeding away.

Deputies chased the truck, which was being driven by Brown, until it stopped in front of Edgewood High School, on Willoughby Beach Road.

Officials said Brown -- who was wanted on charges including assault, fleeing and eluding capture, failure to appear in court and driving with a revoked license -- got out of the pickup and was tackled by Mirabile.

"Several of the officers said they heard [Mirabile] on his radio calling for backup," Hopkins said. "His uniform was torn, his glasses were knocked off, and there was damage to his insignia to show that there definitely was a struggle."

Officials are asking anyone who saw the shooting or Brown leaving the Edgewater Village area to call 410-879-7929.

Pub Date: 9/03/97

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