Glenn Hilliard, a 16-year law enforcement veteran, was shot in Pittsville, Maryland, on Sunday during a police pursuit after spotting a person coming out of an apartment complex and attempting to run away. A chase ensued, and the deputy first-class officer was shot while trying to apprehend the suspect, who was identified as Austin Davidson, police said.
“The days ahead will be challenging, but for now, we are mourning the loss of an incredible human being,” the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “Deputy Glenn Hilliard was a son, a husband and a father to three beautiful children, a brother to those he worked with, and an exemplary public servant to the citizens of Wicomico County and to the State of Maryland. Our hearts and prayers go out to Glenn’s family during this difficult time.”
A suspect was later caught by officials after an extensive manhunt was conducted by dozens of law enforcement officials in the area, according to officials. The suspect is currently being held as he awaits charges.
Police officials had sent a request to the public to help locate Davidson after the officer-involved shooting on Sunday, warning the suspect was likely armed and dangerous. Several law enforcement agencies from across the state contributed to the arrest, according to the sheriff’s office.
“As an organization, we are heartbroken over this senseless and tragic murder,” officials said. “This loss exacts an enormous emotional toll on the Sheriff’s Office family, but we will do what is necessary and proper to honor Glenn and support those who knew and loved him. Brave men and women like Glenn Hilliard put their lives in danger every day to protect our families, and I am extremely grateful to them for keeping our communities safe.”