Deputies fatally shoot Harford man

October 15, 2003|By Amanda Angel | Amanda Angel,SUN STAFF

Three Harford County sheriff's deputies fatally shot a 53-year-old Norrisville man Monday night after he refused to lower his rifle, which was pointed at the officers, police said.

Larry Steve Ford of the 5500 block of Norrisville Road died in front of his home from gunshot wounds, police said.

Cpl. Kevin Thomas, Deputy 1st Class Charles Sadowski and Deputy 1st Class Justin Blubaugh were placed on administrative leave from the sheriff's office pending state and departmental investigations, police said.

According to authorities, Brenda Joyce Ford, 53, called state police at 9:16 p.m. saying her husband was behaving in a hostile manner. Edward Hopkins, a spokesman for the Harford County Sheriff's Office, said Brenda Ford informed police that Ford had a gun. Police said the couple had been drinking.

At 9:30 p.m., deputies arrived at the house and ordered the couple out of their home. Brenda Ford left the house and was put in a patrol car, police said. Larry Ford came out holding a rifle when police ordered him out a second time, authorities said.

Ford walked toward the officers, refusing requests to put down the rifle, police said. Hopkins said the three officers opened fire when Ford lifted the rifle and pointed it at them. He said Ford was within about 25 feet of the officers.

Brenda Ford could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Joyce Seabolt, who lives next to the Ford residence, arrived home from work at 12:30 a.m. yesterday to find her road closed.

Seabolt said the neighborhood in the northwest corner of Harford County is usually quiet.

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