ELKTON, Md. -- A man and a woman were shot dead at a Maryland hotel Tuesday morning as officers attempted to serve a felony warrant, according to Maryland State Police.
According to state police spokesman Greg Shipley, a fugitive apprehension team comprised of officers from his agency and the Cecil County Sheriff’s Office were looking for two fugitives wanted on gun charges in Delaware. Investigators had tracked the fugitives to the New Eastern Inn in Elkton, a northern Maryland town that borders Delaware.
Police approached a second-floor room around 10 a.m., identified themselves and ordered the suspects to come out, Shipley said. One officer who was watching through a window saw a man inside the room pick up a gun and approach the door, Shipley said.
The officers retreated from the door, and the man stepped outside, refused to follow officers’ orders and raised his handgun, Shipley said. Officers opened fire, fatally wounding him.
A woman then came outside with a handgun, Shipley said. She also refused to follow instructions and raised the gun toward officers, he said. Police then fatally shot her.
Shipley said it’s not clear whether officers from one or both agencies opened fire or how many shots were fired. State police have opened an internal investigation into the shooting, he said.
The man and woman have not been publicly identified pending family notification, but Shipley said it’s believed they are the suspects wanted by Delaware State Police on charges related to a Delaware shooting and a search warrant that uncovered stolen guns.