Thomas Ingram, 69, Md. trooper, woodworker

January 06, 2003|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Thomas Y. Ingram, a Maryland state trooper known for the 1991 capture of a Canadian fugitive wanted for shooting a Toronto police officer and shooting at two Maryland troopers, died Dec. 30 of cancer at Heritage Harbor Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 69.

A trooper for 30 years until his retirement in 1992, he received several commendations and served for a decade on the security force that protected Govs. Marvin Mandel and Harry R. Hughes.

But he became known for an arrest he made while off duty. On June 8, 1991, a neighbor in his Crownsville community said he thought he saw Eric William Schumacher, a Canadian fugitive, walking near Interstate 97. Mr. Ingram went inside his house, got his gun and badge, and drove his unmarked car to the Millersville area his neighbor described. He spotted the fugitive and arrested him. Schumacher was found guilty of the shootings in Maryland and Canada and was sentenced to prison by each court.

In retirement, Mr. Ingram opened Waterbury Woodworking, an antique restoration and carpentry shop, at home.

He remained close with colleagues in the state police, serving three years as president of the Maryland State Police Alumni Association. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Walk of Honor, a brick path on which names of troopers are engraved. The path is at the marker and garden dedicated to fallen heroes at the state police headquarters.

Nancy Petitt Ingram, his wife of 49 years, described him as a soft-spoken man, dedicated to his family, the Baldwin Memorial United Methodist Church community and the police community.

He was born in Baltimore and grew up in Brooklyn Park. He was a 1952 graduate of Glen Burnie High School and completed a cabinetmaking apprenticeship at the Maryland Shipbuilding and Dry Dock in Baltimore.

He served in the Army from 1953 to 1955, and was honorably discharged as a sergeant.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Baldwin Memorial United Methodist Church in Millersville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Craig Ingram of Massey, Tracey Ingram of Stevensville and Casey Ingram of Edgewater; nine grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

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