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FERNDALE, Md. -- Two police officers ordered to remove firearms from a house on a "red flag" protective order fatally shot an armed man Monday morning in Ferndale, Maryland, police said. Anne Arundel County Police arrived at the house at 5:17 a.m. to remove guns from the home under a new law that temporarily allows for the seizure of firearms if a person shows "red flags" that they are a danger to themselves or others.

A man, later identified by police as 61-year-old Gary Willis, answered his door with a gun in his hand, Anne Arundel County Police Sgt. Jacklyn Davis said.

Sgt. Davis said the man put the gun down. But then, according to a police press release, Willis "became irate" when officers attempted to serve the order. Willis picked the weapon up again, "a fight ensued over the gun," and a shot was fired, Davis said. The first shot didn't strike anyone, but the officers then fatally shot the man, Sgt. Davis said.


Mar 13, 2020 · Maryland SWAT Team

Lieutenant Colonel Frank B. Lioi, Chief

1201 Reisterstown Road

Pikesville, MD 21208-3899

Major Steve Hohner

Criminal Enforcement Command

Major Adam Stachurski

Special Investigations Command

Criminal Enforcement Command:

Captain Derek Peck

Northern Command

Captain Andy Johnson

Southern Command​

Lt. Colonel Dalaine M. Brady, Bureau Chief

1201 Reisterstown Road

Pikesville, Maryland 21208-3899

Major Michael Tagliaferri, CommandeAIR

Major E. Greg Phillips, Commander

Major Tawn Gregory, Commander TECH

Potomac, MD– Mar 13, 2020 · Maryland SWAT Team

III% ER Duncan Lemp was asleep in his bed early Thursday morning when a SWAT team outside his house opened fire at their home. Lemp’s family reports that the 21-year-old was killed in his sleep, and never got out of bed. His girlfriend next to him was injured as well, but is expected to recover.

This prompted a Special Operations Division Tactical Unit came to Lemp’s home in the 12200 block of St. James Road. They arrived to serve the “high-risk” search warrant at 4:30 am. This type of warrant is often called a ‘no-knock raid’ as officers are not required to knock or announce themselves.

“Any attempt by the police to shift responsibility onto Duncan or his family who were sleeping when the police fired shots into their home is not supported by the facts,”

Neither Lemp, his parents, or his brother have any criminal record, according to their lawyer.

The Facts According to Lemp’s Family:

  1. The police fired bullets–not a flashbang or anything nonlethal–into the house while the family was sleeping inside.
  2. They fired through Lemp’s bedroom window, specifically, not just at the house in general. This while he and his girlfriend were asleep.
  3. Nobody inside the house heard the team outside call out to issue any warnings or commands before the police began shooting.
  4. The police seized three rifles and two handguns from the home. The police released a statement later on Thursday said that Lemp was not allowed to own a firearm, but there is no word on who owned the guns that were confiscated, since Lemp lived with his parents. The statement from police also said that SWAT team was serving a “high-risk” search warrant related to “firearms offenses.” They didn’t call it a Red Flag or ERPO warrant, however.

This all begs the question of why this warrant HAD to be served at 4:30 am.


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