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‘End This Lunacy’: 1 in Custody After Shooting of 2 Maryland Detectives

Police asked the suspect to turn himself in and "end this lunacy"

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Anne Arundel Police say they have taken a "person of interest" into custody in connection with the shooting of two detectives during a police pursuit Thursday.

The suspect, described by police as a tall, skinny white man possibly with neck tattoos, was considered to be armed and dangerous, police said in a press conference. Following the arrest, police said they did not believe there was any further threat to the public.

County Executive Steuart Pittman tweeted Thursday evening detectives Scott Ballard and Ian Preece are out of surgery and recovering.

About 5 p.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the 600 block of Newfield Road, near the Baltimore-Washington Airport, for a death investigation.

Officers found the body of a man in a house. The victim was suffering trauma to the upper body and had been shot, police said.

Officers noticed the victim's car was missing, police said. Hours later, the car driven by a person of interest was found near a Royal Farms store at Fort Smallwood Road and Pennington Avenue, near the Baltimore County line.

Officers attempted a traffic stop, and the person of interest opened fire, police said. One detective was shot, police said.

Other officers continued to pursue the suspect and more gunfire broke out in the Stoney Beach community, police said. There, the suspect shot another detective, police said.

The suspect then bailed out of the car and escaped on foot, police said.

Anne Arundel Police say about 50 officers searched for the suspect, including by stopping all cars going in and out of the neighborhood. Anyone with information was asked to contact Anne Arundel Police.

Police said it's too early to release information about the possible relationship between the shooting victim found on Newfield Road and the suspect. Officers have not yet confirmed the shooter's identity.

"You need to come in and end this lunacy before another person gets hurt," Anne Arundel Chief of Police Timothy J. Altomare said prior to the announcement that a person of interest had been taken into custody.

Anne Arundel Schools said several schools would be closed during the manhunt: Northeast High School, George Fox Middle School, High Point Elementary, Riviera Beach Elementary, Solley Elementary and Sunset Elementary are closed. Any schools normally districted for Northeast High School or feeder schools will not have bus service today, the school district says. Here's more information.

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