Trooper in fatal police shooting identified

May 09, 2006

Annapolis police identified yesterday the state trooper dragged alongside the car of a Ridgely man who was later fatally shot by a city officer.

Trooper Billy Smith, a nine-year veteran, was with a still-unidentified 19-year-old cadet at 10:30 p.m. Friday when he saw Roger Alan Trott buying drugs near Bowman Road, he told Annapolis police.

Smith pulled over and ordered Trott, 34, to remove what he thought were drugs from his mouth. They began to struggle, Trott got into his Geo Tracker and dragged Smith about 300 feet, police said.

Smith was thrown from the Tracker when it crashed into a light pole, police said, but he got back into his cruiser and found Trott about a block away.

Police said Trott got into Smith's vehicle, tried to force him from the driver's seat. The cadet attempted to help, but Trott took Smith's .40-caliber semiautomatic pistol, according to police.

Annapolis police Officer Sean McGarvey arrived and ordered Trott to drop the weapon, which he said was pointed at Smith. McGarvey fired once at Trott, who died at the scene.

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