Wounded deputy gets more surgery
Listed in stable condition
CENTREVILLE — A Queen Anne’s County deputy remains in stable condition of the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore after being shot by a Chester Harbor man Thursday, Dec. 29.
Dfc. W. Scott Hogan had another procedure on Wednesday, Jan. 4, and came through it well, according to the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office. The procedure had originally been planned for Tuesday, Jan. 3, but it was postponed due to emergencies, said Lt. Dale Patrick, public information officer for the sheriff’s office. He said Hogan was “progressing.”
A photo posted on Hogan’s Facebook page New Year’s Day showed him standing beside his hospital bed with help.
Hogan’s wife Julia, speaking beside Queen Anne’s County Sheriff Gary Hofmann outside of the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Friday afternoon, thanked the community for the “outpouring of love and support” and said the family appreciates the continued thoughts and prayers sent their way.
“We are overwhelmed by the generosity of the family that we know as law enforcement,” Mrs. Hogan said.
She said her husband was in good spirits and, though in stable condition, has “a long road to recover y.”
Hogan has already undergone a couple surgeries. After this week’s procedure, doctors say the next ones won’t be for another six to eight weeks.
Hogan, 32, was shot shortly after midnight Thursday morning during a domestic escort at the home of James L. Rich II at 209 Edmore Road in Chester Harbor, in Queen Anne’s County just over the Chester River from Chestertown. Police had been called to the home several hours earlier.
Rich and a woman living at the home had a fight about 9:36 p.m. Wednesday, according to Maryland State Police. The woman sent a text message to her father, saying she and Rich were in a physical altercation and asking him to call police.
Police said the woman’s father called 911, and Hogan and another deputy went to the home, but both Rich and the woman were gone. The woman’s father had picked her up and taken her to the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, police said.
Hogan returned to the sheriff’s office and took a report from the woman concerning the alleged domestic violence incident with Rich earlier in the evening, police said. The woman asked to return to 209 Edmore Road to get her belongings and asked Hogan to accompany her.
Hogan, the woman and her parents returned to the home shortly after midnight, police said. Rich and his teenage son also were there.
Hogan and the woman went inside the one-story, single-family home and she began to retrieve her things, when she and Rich started to argue again, police said.
Rich went into a room in the back of the home, where he got a shotgun, police said. When he came out of the room, he fired one round and then continued to walk toward the deputy.
Police said the two exchanged gunfire in close proximity to one another, and both were hit by the other’s gunfire. Hogan was using a Smith and Wesson .45-caliber pistol issued to him by the sheriff’s office.
Emergency medical services personnel responded to treat Hogan and Rich. No one else at the home was injured. Hogan was flown to the trauma center in Baltimore.
Hofmann said Hogan was wearing body armor, but the shotgun blast hit below the level of body armor protection.
Hogan has served in law enforcement for more than 10 years, the past four with the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office.
“His family is having a really tough time with this, as is the law enforcement family and the community of Queen Anne’s County and surrounding jurisdictions,” Hofmann said Thursday. “It’s tough. It’s a hard thing to go through.”
For community members interested in aiding the Hogan family, the Queen Anne’s County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 108, where Hogan is a member, has started a GoFundMe account.
Local business, La Piazza, in Grasonville, is holding a benefit Saturday, Jan. 7, and will donate 10 percent from everything sold to the GoFundMe account.
Rich was taken to the nearby hospital in Chestertown, where he was pronounced dead.
Rich was a longtime employee of Kent County Public Schools, having spent more than 25 years as a custodian, said Wayne Bedwell, the school district’s operations manager.
Rich was the head custodian at Kent County High School, a position he had held for the past three years. He had been at the school for about six years.
Bedwell said Rich worked for the district for 26 years, with most of that time at Garnet Elementary School in Chestertown. He also had been a custodian at Worton Elementary School and Kent County Middle School in Chestertown.
As the head custodian at KCHS, Rich supervised five other custodians.
Hofmann said the sheriff’s office had been to the home last summer to serve a protective order and a final peace order.
Elizabeth Rich had filed for a temporary protective order against her husband in July 2015. A final order for protection from domestic violence was granted on July 31. She filed for divorce in late June 2016.
The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit is handling the investigation.
Josh Bolinger and Trish McGee also contributed to this report.
This photo of Dfc. Scott Hogan standing beside his hospital bed with assistance on New Year’s Day was publicly posted on his Facebook page.
Maryland State Police detectives continue their investigation Thursday morning, Dec. 29, in the 200-block of Edmore Road in Kingstown, after a shooting occurred that left the homeowner dead and Dfc. Warren Scott Hogan of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office in serious condition at the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.
Dfc. Warren Scott Hogan, a four-year veteran of the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office, is in stable condition after being shot last week