Last week, a man was shot after he stole a police car, threatened to shoot the officer, and then proceeded to embark on a lengthy police chase. It all started with a car was seen driving without their headlights on. When motioned to pull over, the car instead to refused to stop. As chases are dangerous to everyone on the road, the officer decided that such a minor infraction was not worth the risk to public safety. However, the car later crashed at one of the Interstate 95 exits. When the authorities stopped at the accident, the driver got out of his car and began to threaten to shoot the officer. The driver then stole the police car and drove off. When they finally caught up with the suspect, shots were fired, leaving the man fatally wounded. The death of the man has opened up an investigation surrounding exactly what happened and why the shots were fired. It turns out the man did not have a gun as he purported, but only a hammer was found.

Theft charges and weapon charges are taken extremely seriously in Maryland. Although sometimes charged as misdemeanors, they can also be charged as felonies, especially when in any way involved with a law enforcement officer. If you are charged with the unlawful possession of a firearm, you could be facing up to three years in prison. If it was a second offense, this could increase to a maximum of ten years. If you are facing this type of serious crime or any other criminal accusation, it is in your best interests to contact an attorney as soon as possible. As a Baltimore criminal defense attorney, I have experience defending against even the most serious crimes. You deserve a strong criminal defense attorney to protect your rights so call today! For a free case evaluation, contact a Baltimore criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.