Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon of the Hartford County Sheriff's Office responded to a call regarding a "suspicious circumstance," police say
Two sheriff’s deputies were fatally shot in the line of duty on Wednesday while responding to a call at a Panera Bread restaurant in Abingdon, Maryland, PEOPLE confirms.
After the shooting, the alleged perpetrator was tracked down by authorities and killed, a news release from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office says.
Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey and Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding a “suspicious circumstance, indicating a wanted person,” according to the news release.
Dailey and Logsdon were shot by David Brian Evans, 68, who was wanted in Florida for assaulting an officer, and who was subsequently located and shot dead by authorities.
On Wednesday morning, during lunchtime rush, a Panera Bread customer called the Harford County Sheriffs Office to report a suspicious circumstance, the news release states. At around 11:46am, Dailey arrived to the popular food-chain and approached Evans, who was sitting alone and fit the description. Evans shot Dailey while Dailey was questioning him and then ran away, the release states.
Soon after, Logsdon arrived on the scene with backup and located Evans in a parked car. When Logsdon approached, Evans shot him multiple times, the release states.
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Other deputies on the scene began firing at Evans and killed him.
The wounded deputies were immediately transported to local hospitals but died from their injuries.
Dailey, a father of three and former Marine, had served Harford County for 30 years and was “a lifelong member of the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company,” according to the news release.
Logsdon had been with the Harford Sheriff’s Office for 16 years and had served in the United States Army. He was also a father of three.
In a separate news release, Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler said, “Today is a sad day for the Harford County Sheriff s Office, and the citizens of Harford County who we are sworn to serve.”
“The outpouring of support from the community and businesses has been truly humbling.” Gahler added. “I continue to be proud of the men and women of the Harford County Sheriff s Office and the community we serve.”