Police identify Carroll Co. woman, 40, fatally shot by state trooper

Authorities say she was threatening suicide, ignored commands to drop gun

April 12, 2011|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

Maryland State Police have identified a Carroll County woman who was fatally shot by a trooper after authorities said he pointed a pistol at him during a confrontation Monday night at a Hampstead home.

The woman, Satina D. White, 40, was living with her sister and a teenage niece, according to police.

White's sister called 911 just before 6 p.m. Monday and said White had been drinking and was threatening suicide, making the sister feel unsafe in her home in the 4600 block of Upper Beckleysville Road, according to police.

Troopers were on their way to the home when a second emergency call reported that White had a gun and was threatening to kill herself, state police said. White's sister told police that she and her daughter had locked themselves in a bedroom for their safety.

According to police, when troopers arrived, White appeared first at an upstairs window and knocked out the screen. She went to a downstairs window without a screen and repeatedly pointed a handgun at the troopers, ignoring commands to drop the gun, police said.

Trooper John Warchal of the Westminster barracks then shot White, police said. She was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, where she later died. Police found White's sister and her daughter unharmed in an upstairs bathroom.

No other injuries were reported.

White's sister told police that the two had argued Sunday evening and Monday, and White was told she could no longer live there. Police believe White got the gun — a .45-caliber pistol — from a pickup truck parked in the driveway that belonged to White's sister's boyfriend. Investigators found several loaded magazines, ammunition and another handgun in the vehicle.

Warchal, a state trooper for three years, was placed on administrative leave during the shooting investigation.


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