Funeral for state trooper set

May 26, 2011

Funeral arrangements have been set for May 27 for the state trooper who was killed when his cruiser crashed into a tractor trailer that was parked on the shoulder of Interstate 95 near Route 32 in Howard County during the early morning hours of May 21.

Trooper First Class Shaft S. Hunter, an 11-year veteran of the state police and a father of six, might have been pursing a speeding motorcyclist in the seconds before the crash shortly after 3 a.m., according to a witness.

Police said May 24 that they still are pursuing the identity of the motorcyclist.

Hunter's funeral will be held at 11 a.m. at New Antioch Baptist Church of Randallstown. His burial will be at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens immediately following the service. Hunter's family will hold a viewing May 26 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Vaughn C. Green Funeral Home in Randallstown.

"I'm saddened by the news of Trooper Hunter's tragic death," Gov. Martin O'Malley said in a statement. "This tragedy, particularly as it occurred on duty as Trooper Hunter worked to keep our highways safe, reminds us of the dangers associated with law enforcement and the risks they take on a daily basis to keep our state safe." 

A woman who answered a door of Hunter's Laurel home, in the Brock Bridge Estates neighborhood, declined to comment.

Kellie Woodhouse

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