Forest Hill man is shot to death after standoff with Harford deputies

February 26, 2000|By Howard Libit | Howard Libit,SUN STAFF

Harford County sheriff's deputies shot and killed a 63-year-old man waving a handgun in front of his Forest Hill condominium building yesterday afternoon, authorities said.

Charles Furlong was hit with at least one shotgun blast after a brief standoff with deputies, according to Lt. Edward Hopkins, a spokesman for the Harford sheriff's office.

Furlong was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died last night, a nursing supervisor.

Sheriff's deputies were called to the development of three-story brick buildings in the 1700 block of Landmark Drive about 4: 15 p.m., when a neighbor reported hearing two gunshots, Hopkins said.

As deputies were responding to the call, they received a second call from Furlong's wife -- Patricia Furlong, 66 -- reporting that she had been threatened and shot at by her husband, Hopkins said.

Patricia Furlong had secured an order Thursday against her husband requiring him to leave their home, Hopkins said.

Still fearful, she had sought to amend her order to prohibit her bar him from their entire building, but that change was not permitted, Hopkins said.

When deputies arrived, Furlong confronted them outside with a handgun, police said. After an extended standoff, deputies shot Furlong after he allegedly threatened them with the gun about 5 p.m., Hopkins said.

Following the county's standard procedure, the two deputies who fired were placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, Hopkins said. Their identities were not released.

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