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John E. Murphy of White Hall Shot After Allegedly Pointing Shotgun At Maryland State Police Trooper

4:56 PM, Oct 9, 2012   |    comments
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WHITE HALL, Md. (WUSA) -- A man is being treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder after a police-involved shooting in Harford County, Md.

According to Maryland State Police, 52-year-old John E. Murphy of White Hall suffered a non-life threatening gunshot wound after pointing his shotgun at a trooper on Monday. 

Troopers responded to a residence shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday after a woman reported that her boyfriend came to her home with a shotgun and said he wanted to be killed by police. After speaking with the woman outside the home to confirm information, troopers set up a perimeter. When Murphy left the back of the home, Maryland State Police say that he pointed a shotgun at a trooper, who was in full uniform.

The trooper told state police that he had told Murphy who he was and ordered him to put the shotgun down. Instead, Murphy allegedly refused and pointed the gun at him. The trooper then fired a shot from his gun, hitting Murphy in the left shoulder.

After obtaining a search warrant for the home, a 410 bolt action shotgun was found near the spot where Murphy was standing near the home.

The trooper, identified as Quinn Dobbins, is an eight-year veteran of the Maryland State Police and has been placed on routine administrative leave.

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