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Officers identified in Glen Burnie shooting that left 61-year-old suspect dead

MGN Online

Police have identified the police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man as they were trying to serve him a court order Monday in Anne Arundel County.

Anne Arundel County police said Tuesday that Corporal J. Hooper and Police First Class G. Zawodny were on the scene when one of the two shot and killed 61-year-old Gary J. Willis.

According to police, one of the officers fatally shot Willis as the other was struggling to take a gun away from the suspect as they attempted to serve him an Extreme Risk Protective Order and a Protective Order that required him to surrender his guns.

Police said Willis answered the door around 5:17 a.m. at 103 Linwood Avenue in Glen Burnie with a gun in his hand but put it by the door after answering. As the officers began to serve him the order, though, he became “irate” and grabbed the gun.

Willis then fired the gun, leading to one officer to attempt to take the gun away, police said. The second officer then fired their service weapon, striking Willis, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both officers are five-year veterans of Anne Arundel County police who are assigned to the Bureau of Patrol. Neither officer was injured during the shooting.

Police said the incident is under investigation and ask anyone with information on the shooting to call (410) 222-4731.

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