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Police: High-speed pursuit that began in Adams County ends with officer-involved shooting in Maryland

State Police confirm the chase began in Adams County. It ended with a police-involved shooting in Maryland after the suspect vehicle crashed. One suspect is dead.

ADAMS COUNTY, Pa. — UPDATE, October 20 (3:15 p.m): The Frederick County Sheriff's Office issued the following press release on Monday's police-involved shooting:

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating multiple officer involved shootings that occurred at several locations in the Emmitsburg, Maryland, area on Monday, Oct. 19, at approximately 2:45 p.m. 

Pennsylvania State Police contacted the FCSO at approximately 2:30 p.m. and asked for assistance with a vehicle pursuit of a wanted fugitive in an attempted homicide identified as David Robert Leatherman, and another occupant later identified as Bryan Paul Selmer. They were operating a stolen passenger truck from Pennsylvania, crossing into Frederick County near the Town of Emmitsburg. 

FCSO assisted with the pursuit that went down Route 15 South into Thurmont, Maryland, and then back onto Route 15 North toward Emmitsburg. At one point in this chase, suspects fired shots at responding units and disabled a Cumberland Township Police, Pennsylvania, police vehicle along Route 15 North by Mount Saint Mary’s University. 

The Cumberland Township Police Officer did not receive any injuries in this part of the incident. 

The suspects proceeded on Route 15 North and crashed in the median between Route 15 South and North by the exit for Route 140. The suspects fled on foot. 

Leatherman fled into the Emmet Gardens housing area where a Pennsylvania State Trooper and a FCSO Deputy confronted Leatherman in an attempt to arrest him. During the incident the Deputy and Trooper were involved in an officer involved shooting with Leatherman. Leatherman was then taken in to custody without injury. Neither the Pennsylvania State Trooper nor the FCSO Deputy were injured. 

Selmer continued to flee on foot and officers engaged him on Silo Hill Parkway between the Exxon and McDonalds in Emmitsburg. When Selmer got near the Exxon Station, he abruptly turned toward pursing deputies, and took a shooting stance with his arms extended in front of him, with his hands together, consistent with a person holding a firearm. 

FCSO Deputies discharged their firearms and struck Selmer. 

Eyewitness statements and business videos obtained by FCSO Deputies support this account of what took place. Deputies immediately rendered first aid to Selmer and Maryland State Police Trooper 3 transported him to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma in Baltimore. 

After transport and arrival to the Trauma Center, physicians pronounced Selmer dead. 

The FCSO Deputies did not receive any injuries from this event. 

This is an ongoing investigation and at this time, the FCSO Deputies and the Pennsylvania State Police Trooper names will not be released. The FCSO Deputies and Pennsylvania State Trooper are currently on routine administrative leave. 

The FCSO is asking for anyone who witnessed or who may have video footage of this event to contact, FCSO Detective Bryce McGuire at 301-600-3934 or our anonymous tip line at 301-600-4131. 


UPDATE (October 20): Penn Township Police Chief Guy Hettinger tells FOX43, David Robert Leatherman was one of the suspects in the police chase and shooting and was arrested in Frederick County, Maryland on Monday. 

Chief Hettinger says, Leatherman had an arrest warrant following a shooting on October 7th in Penn Township, York County. 

On that date, police were called to the 900 block of Baer Avenue for a reported shooting. 

Authorities found Joseph Wright, of Hanover, on the 200 block of Charles Avenue with gunshot wounds. He was taken to York Hospital and as of Oct. 8th, was in critical condition. His current condition is unknown. 

An warrant was issued for Leatherman, who police says was the suspected shooter in the incident. 

RELATED: Update: Police issue warrant for Hanover Borough 'armed and dangerous' shooting suspect

PREVIOUSLY: A police-involved shooting in Emmitsburg, Maryland began when police in Cumberland Township, Adams County tried to pull over a stolen vehicle around 2:30 Monday afternoon. Police say, one of the two men in the car was a suspect in an attempted homicide.

Police say, the suspects would not put over about 2 miles north of the PA-MD border on Rt. 15 and a chase began. The suspects down on Rt. 15 South to Thurmont, Md., where police say, they tried to use spike strips to stop the car. The suspects were able to avoid the spike strips and tried to ram into an officer, according to police. 

From Thurmont, the suspects then headed back North on Rt. 15 to the Emmitsburg exit where they crashed their car. One of the suspects stayed in the car and was arrested. The other suspect ran from police about a quarter-mile to a nearby Exxon Gas Station, where police say he was shot and later died from his injuries at a hospital. 

Police say, the suspects shot at police officer throughout the entire incident. Several law enforcement agencies were involved in the incident. The Frederick County Sheriff's Office is leading the investigation, which they say is expansive and contains four separate crime scenes. 

Pennsylvania State Police Troop H public information officer Trooper Megan Ammerman confirmed that Adams County police departments were involved in the pursuit, but said authorities in Frederick County were leading the investigation.

The Frederick County Division of Fire and Rescue Services also confirmed the officer-involved shooting in a tweet.

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