Man killed by Annapolis officer

Police say fatal shooting occurred after suspect threatened state trooper with gun


An Annapolis police officer shot and killed a Ridgely man who allegedly threatened to shoot a state trooper Friday night, the third officer-related shooting in four days involving Anne Arundel County law enforcement.

Roger Allen Trott died at the scene near Admiral Drive and Moreland Parkway, according to Kevin Freeman, an Annapolis police spokesman. Trott's age and address were not available, Freeman said.

Officer Sean McGarvey, who has been with the department for a year and in law enforcement for six years, has been placed on administrative leave with pay while an investigation into the incident is conducted, Freeman said.

At 10:30 p.m., a state trooper observed what he believed to be a drug deal between a man on foot and Trott, who was driving a white two-door Geo Tracker, according to Annapolis police. When the trooper initiated a traffic stop a few minutes later on Admiral Drive near Bowman Road, the man on foot fled and the trooper ordered Trott out of his vehicle.

State police have declined to identify the trooper.

A struggle ensued when the trooper told Trott to remove what he believed were drugs from his mouth. Trott got back into his vehicle and drove off, apparently dragging the trooper about 300 feet, according to Freeman.

The trooper was thrown from the vehicle when it crashed into a light pole, and the driver fled.

The trooper got in his cruiser and found Trott a block away at Admiral Drive and Moreland Parkway, according to Freeman. Another struggle ensued. A 19-year-old Maryland State Police cadet applicant who was accompanying the trooper on a ride-along attempted to assist.

According to police, Trott got into the trooper's vehicle but was unable to operate it because of a security feature. The trooper tried to force Trott from the driver's seat and used pepper spray on him. The trooper's .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol was taken by Trott, according to police.

At that time, Freeman said, McGarvey arrived and repeatedly ordered Trott to drop the weapon, which McGarvey said was pointed at the trooper.

"It was at that point, out of fear [for the safety of the trooper], that the Annapolis officer fired his weapon, fatally injuring the suspect," Freeman said.

Trott was pronounced dead shortly after.

Freeman said he did not know where Trott was shot, whether drugs were found on him or in his vehicle, or whether he has a criminal record.

The trooper and the cadet were flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment of injuries. Both were released within five hours, Freeman said.

A trooper from the state police in Annapolis declined to comment on the incident last night and referred all inquiries to Annapolis police.

Freeman said Annapolis police Chief Joseph S. Johnson was not commenting on the incident.

The shooting was the third in four days involving a member of Anne Arundel County law enforcement.

On Tuesday, an Anne Arundel County officer shot and injured a 49-year-old man in the stomach after police said he reportedly threatened them with a rifle outside his home in Herald Harbor.

On Thursday, a county police detective wounded a man while trying to serve him with a warrant in South Baltimore.

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