A suspect in an Aberdeen burglary early Friday morning rammed several police cars and injured an officer before leading police in a pursuit, which ended when officers shot and killed him on an entrance ramp to the Maryland House rest area on Interstate 95.
The suspect was identified by State Police Friday afternoon as Rajsaun A. McCray, 29, whose last known address was in the 3600 block of Horner Place SE in Washington, D.C.
According to police, Target security reported a burglary in progress at their store in the 1000 block of Middleton Road in Aberdeen shortly before 2:30 a.m. Friday. Aberdeen Police Officer Jason Easton responded and spotted McCray, who then rammed his red Dodge Caliber into the Aberdeen police patrol car, disabling the police car and injuring Easton.
A pursuit began, in which Aberdeen officers were joined by State Police troopers from the JFK Highway Barrack. According to State Police, McCray drove north on Interstate 95 and traveled on and off various exits. He eventually turned onto southbound I-95, and reached speeds of 100 mph. State troopers deployed stop sticks approximately five miles north of the Maryland House rest area which they said deflated the right front tire of McCray’s vehicle but failed to stop him.
State Police said the chase ended when McCray drove onto the southbound I-95 entrance to the Maryland House and rammed multiple police cars as he exited. McCray’s vehicle then traveled off the side of the ramp and up an embankment before he turned the car around toward pursuing police.
When McCray’s vehicle stopped momentarily, troopers and officers exited their cars to approach McCray’s vehicle and take him into custody. According to State Police, as they did, McCrary accelerated his vehicle and drove directly toward the approaching officers. Three state troopers and one Aberdeen officer fired their service weapons at McCray, State Police said.
The suspect was airlifted to the University of Maryland R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Easton, a nine-year veteran of the Aberdeen Police Department, was transported to Harford Memorial Hospital with injuries to his arm. He was released from care Friday morning, according to State Police.
State Police identified the troopers who fired their Glock .40 caliber pistols as Sergeant Edginel Torres, a 10-year veteran, Trooper First Class Daniel Rumaker, a five-year veteran, and Trooper Duane Freeman, a one-year veteran. All three troopers are assigned to the JFK Highway Barrack. The Aberdeen Police Department officer who fired his .45 caliber Glock pistol is identified as Sergeant Richard Clark, a 16-year veteran of the department. The troopers and the officer have been placed on administrative leave by their respective departments, which State Police said is routine in police-involved shootings.
The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit is conducting an investigation, as is the State Police Internal Affairs Unit, both under standard procedure. Harford County State’s Attorney Joe Cassilly responded to the scene Friday morning and will review the Homicide Unit’s report, according to State Police.
According to online court records, McCray had been charged with multiple counts of burglary and theft in a series of incidents over the past year.
The southbound ramp to the Maryland House remained closed until noon Friday for extensive scene processing.
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