UPDATE: Police-Involved Shooting in White Hall

A White Hall man sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.

UPDATE: (9:39 p.m.)—A Maryland State Police trooper shot a White Hall man Monday afternoon after the man pointed a shotgun at him, police say.

Shortly before 1:30 p.m. a woman called 911 and said her boyfriend, 52-year-old John E. Murphy, was armed and announcing he wanted to be killed by police, according to a release from state police.

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When troopers from the Bel Air Barrack arrived at the home in the 4100 block of Norrisville Road they were met by the 911 caller, confirmed the information and tried to surround the house, the release states.

Murphy then came out of the house and allegedly pointed a shotgun at one of the troopers, according to state police.

Trooper First Class Quinn Dobbins fired one shot from his departmental 12 gauge shotgun, hitting Murphy in the left arm and shoulder.

Murphy was transported by the Jarrettsville Volunteer Fire Company ambulance to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore for treatment of his injuries, which police and fire officials say are not life-threatening.

Dobbins is an eight-year Maryland State Police veteran. He has been placed on routine administrative leave as is procedure for all police-involved shootings, the release states. An state police internal investigation is also expected.

Investigators with the state police homicide unit are investigating the incident, which is procedure in police-involved shootings. Investigators will consult with the Harford County State’s Attorney’s Office to determine what criminal charges will be filed against Murphy in connection with the incident.

Editor's note: Based on information provided by fire officials, a previous version of the story mistakenly stated the incident's location. The article has been updated to reflect the correct information.

Ed Jr. October 08, 2012 at 08:52 PM
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Kirsten Dize October 08, 2012 at 09:18 PM
Ed Jr., this is actually a Maryland State Police matter and not under the purview of the Harford County Sheriff's Office. -KD
Mark Thomas Ward October 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Ya just don't mess with the MSP..
MDnowak October 12, 2012 at 02:29 PM
U made me join in able to see pix on an article but now they won't download???? Any suggestions.


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