2 killed in police incident outside Elkton motel room
Officers fatally shot a man and woman on a motel balcony Tuesday when they refused to drop BB guns they had raised toward police who were there to serve warrants, Maryland State Police said. No officers were hurt during the confrontation Tuesday at the New Eastern Inn in Elkton, state police spokesman Greg Shipley said. The two were identified as Brandon Jones, 25, and Chelsea M. Porter, 25, both from Dover, Del. They were wanted on warrants from Delaware State Police for four counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to deliver heroin, possession of heroin, possession with intent to deliver marijuana, and other charges, according to police. Shipley said uniformed officers from two agencies went to the motel about 10 a.m., knocked on the door and announced themselves as police officers. As they shouted at the room’s occupants to surrender, one of the officers saw through a window that a man was approaching the door with what looked like a handgun. He said the officers retreated but the man came out and refused to obey their commands to drop the weapon. The man raised the gun at officers and they fired, Shipley said. He said the woman came out a few seconds later with a similar weapon that she raised. She was also shot after refusing to drop the weapon, Shipley said. Officials with the Cecil County sheriff ’s office said three of their officers fired their weapons and have been placed on administrative leave, along with a Maryland State Police trooper who also fired.