Fatal Police Involved Shooting


INCIDENT:       Fatal Police Involved Shooting

DATE & TIME: Tuesday February 4th @ 2200 Hours

LOCATION:      100 Block of White Marsh Road, Centreville, MD

DECEASED:      William Roy Walls Sr. (78) of Centreville


NARRATIVE:    Deputies were dispatched to the residence for a suicidal subject. The caller, a resident of the house reported Walls was armed and refusing to allow her to leave the house.


Deputies arrived and took cover as Walls exited the residence with a shotgun. At some point during the confrontation, Walls fired his weapon and deputies returned fire. It remains under investigation if any rounds fired by deputies stuck Walls however there is evidence of a self inflicted gun shot wound.


Deputies requested EMS response and began rescue efforts however Walls was declared deceased at the scene.


Investigation indicates that three deputies with experience ranging from 15 years , 5 years and 6 months with the Sheriff’s Office fired their agency issued weapons.


Sheriff Hofmann has requested the incident to be investigated by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit. The deputies agency issued firearms were turned over to Crime Scene Unit technicians at the scene who were processing the scene.


The Queen Anne’s County States Attorney Lance Richardson has been contacted and briefed on the investigation.


The three deputies involved have been placed on Administrative Leave according to Sheriff’s Office Policy.


Once the scene has been processed, the deceased will be transported to the OCME for an autopsy. An investigator will be attending the autopsy which is scheduled for this morning.