ABINGDON, Md. (CN) - Attorney General Loretta Lynch and members of a sheriffs' association honored two Maryland sheriff's deputies who were killed this week by an armed suspect.
Senior sheriff's deputies Patrick Dailey, 52, and Mark Logsdon, 43, were shot and killed Wednesday while trying to apprehend 67-year-old David Brian Evans, who was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant, according to the Harford County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities received a call around 11:40 a.m. Wednesday that a suspicious person was in the Panera Bread restaurant on Merchant Drive in Abingdon, Md., police say.
Dailey approached Evans but "the suspect, without warning, produced a handgun and shot senior deputy Dailey in the head," according to a sheriff's department press release. Dailey later died from the injury.
Logsdon arrived shortly after noon and saw Evans in the front seat of a car in a nearby parking lot. Evans fired multiple rounds at Logsdon, who also succumbed to his wounds after unsuccessful life-saving efforts, police say.
Deputies, including Logsdon, returned fire and hit Evans, killing him.
Lynch spoke about the tragedy at the Major County Sheriffs' Association annual winter meeting on Thursday, where she "highlighted the dangers public safety officers face every day - and the courage and commitment they routinely demonstrate in the fulfillment of their duties...[and] the immense sacrifices they have made for the people they serve," according to a statement from Lynch's office.
"I am deeply saddened by the shooting...that took the lives of two long-serving sheriff's deputies. This was an appalling and senseless crime, carried out against two dedicated guardians of the public," Lynch said. "My thoughts and prayers - and those of my colleagues throughout the law enforcement community - are with the families and loved ones of our fallen friends."
According to the Harford County Sherriff's Office, Dailey, a 30-year veteran of the force, was a member of the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company and a U.S. Marine, the press release stated.
Logsdon, a 16-year member of the sheriff's department, was assigned to the Community Services Division. He was a decorated, non-commissioned officer with the Army from 1991 to 1999 and was deployed to Iraq with the Maryland National Guard in 2003, where he served as a military policeman. He retired from the 115th Military Police Battalion in 2004.
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