Wounded deputy gets more surgery

Listed in sta­ble con­di­tion

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS and HAN­NAH COMBS bay­times@kibay­times.com

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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.

PHOTO BY DO­RIAN MITCHELL

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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

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

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