Suspect in Home Invasion Killed in Police-Involved Shooting

Daniel Vail, 19, shot and killed after aiming shotgun at deputies, authorities say

Thursday, Jan 10, 2013  |  Updated 3:18 PM EDT
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Mt. Airy Man Dies in Police-Involved Shooting

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A Maryland man died in a police-involved shooting early Thursday as sheriff's deputies attempted to execute a search and seizure warrant.

Daniel Vail, 19, was shot and killed after he aimed a shotgun at two deputies and refused to drop the weapon, authorities said.

Vail had been a suspect in a Jan. 8 home invasion involving a shotgun and baseball bats.

Authorities entered his apartment on Westwind Drive in Mt. Airy around 1 a.m., using a "flash bang" - a diversionary device - and identifed themselves several times, they said. Vail aimed a shotgun at them and ignored orders to drop his weapon, they said.

Two officers -- Dfc. Charles Zang, a 15-year veteran of the sheriff's office, and Dfc. Kevin Riffle, a 7-year veteran -- fired on Vail.

Zang and Riffle are members of the Sheriff's Office Special Service Team and were helping the Howard County Police Department execute the warrant, which had described the raid as "high risk."

They have been placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.

Vail's 46-year-old mother was also in the apartment at the time of the shooting. She was taken into custody without incident, and was questioned and released.

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