Frederick Co. deputy fatally shoots man who fired at officers

March 22, 2004|By Greg Garland | Greg Garland,SUN STAFF

A man involved in a domestic dispute was shot and killed by a Frederick County sheriff's deputy late Saturday after turning a handgun on police officers and firing at them on a parking lot outside a hotel lounge near Frederick, authorities said yesterday.

Todd Allen Fuller, 25, died at the scene of a bullet wound to the chest, according to Deputy Jennifer Bailey, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

State police received a call about 11:15 p.m. Saturday reporting a domestic dispute in progress at the Pastime Cafe, a lounge inside the Hampton Inn on Buckeystown Pike, Bailey said.

Fuller had left the cafe in his fiancee's 2001 Dodge Durango to get a .45-caliber handgun from his residence after their confrontation, the spokeswoman said.

She said that Fuller wrecked the pickup truck near his home on Oberlin Circle just south of Frederick, and returned in his vehicle, a 1991 Chevrolet Blazer - which he crashed into a light pole at the hotel entrance as troopers were arriving.

The troopers saw Fuller emerge from the Blazer carrying a handgun as he walked toward the bar. He refused repeated commands to drop the gun and fired shots at two of the troopers, Bailey said. Because there were bystanders in the parking lot, the troopers did not return fire.

Still walking toward the lounge, Fuller turned his gun in a threatening manner toward a sheriff's deputy who had arrived to assist the troopers. Two bullets fired by the deputy hit Fuller, with the fatal shot to his chest, Bailey said.

The spokeswoman did not say where Fuller's other wound was or how many shots were fired by Fuller or the deputy. She also declined to name the deputy, who according to routine procedure was placed on administrative leave with pay while the incident is being investigated.

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