Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon (left); Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey (right) (Facebook.com/CommissionerHopkins)
The two Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies killed in a shooting incident at an Abingdon shopping center Wednesday were identified as longtime members of the agency.
At a press conference Thursday morning, Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said the two deputies killed a day earlier were Senior Deputy Patrick Dailey, a 30-year veteran and member of the Sheriff’s Office Court Services Division; and Senior Deputy Mark Logsdon, a 16-year veteran and member of the agency’s Community Services Division.
Dailey served in the United States Marine Corps, Gahler said, and is survived by his girlfriend, mother, and two sons. He was also a member of the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company for 37 years, having joined on his 16th birthday, the company said in a statement. Dailey served nine years on its board of directors and was chairman of its By-laws Committee. Dailey’s sons Tyler, 17, and Bryan, 20, are also members of the company. (Story continues below.)
Dailey, center, with sons Tyler and Bryan. (Photo courtesy of Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company)
Logsdon was a U.S. Army veteran, the sheriff said, and is survived by his wife, three children, and his parents.
Gahler provided additional details about the incident, which began when Dailey responded to the Panera Bread in the Boulevard at Box Hill shopping center at 11:46 a.m. A caller alerted police to the presence of David Brian Evans, 68, of no fixed address, who was wanted in Florida on a criminal warrant for assaulting a police officer and fleeing custody and in Harford County on a Circuit Court civil writ.
According to Gahler, Dailey went to the back of the restaurant and attempted to speak to Evans. Evans, who Gahler said was aware of the warrant out for him, “almost immediately” produced a handgun and shot Dailey in the head before fleeing the scene. Gahler said another deputy began to administer first aid as restaurant patrons, none of whom were injured in the shooting, pointed other officers in the directions Evans fled.
Additional deputies and other law enforcement officers, including Logsdon, arrived and established a perimeter around the area. Logsdon identified and approached Evans’ vehicle, the sheriff said, but shots were fired from the vehicle and struck Logsdon. Gahler said it appeared that Logsdon was able to return at least three rounds at Evans. Other deputies approaching the vehicle opened fire and killed Evans; a semi-automatic handgun was recovered from his person.
Funeral and memorial arrangements for Dailey and Logsdon have not been finalized, Gahler said. A GoFundMe page has been set up through the Harford County Deputy Sheriff’s Union Benevolent Fund to assist Dailey and Logsdon’s families. Donations may also be mailed directly to the fund at: HCDSU Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 881, Bel Air, MD 21014.
Governor Larry Hogan ordered flags to fly at half-staff in the wake of the tragedy, beginning Thursday and continuing.
“Anytime law enforcement or first responders lose their lives in the line of duty, it is a tragedy and today’s violence in Abingdon and the deaths of two Harford County sheriff’s deputies is nothing less than absolutely heartbreaking,” Hogan said in a statement. “Our administration is committed to assisting Harford County during this investigation, and the Maryland State Police are working closely with local law enforcement to provide support as needed.”
“The First Lady and I send our most sincere thoughts and prayers to the families and loved ones of the brave deputies who made the ultimate sacrifice today for the community they selflessly served,” the governor added. “It is my hope that their commitment and dedication to law enforcement and protecting others will be remembered and will forever serve as an inspiration to others.”
The deaths of Dailey and Logsdon come more than three years after the Sheriff’s Office lost two deputies in the span of a week, but a century since a deputy was last killed in a violent attack.
Charles Licato, 34, was killed in a late-night car crash on his way home from his shift on Sept. 6, 2012. Ian Loughran, 43, died at his Pylesville on Sept. 13, 2012; according to the Sheriff’s Office, he unknowingly began suffering heart attack symptoms during Licato’s funeral. Both Licato and Loughran’s deaths were considered line of duty deaths by the Sheriff’s Office.
According to historical information, Deputy Frank Bateman was shot and killed on June 10, 1899 while attempting to serve a drunk and disorderly warrant in Bel Air.
From the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, Inc.:
It is with a heavy heart that the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company shares the loss of active life member Patrick “Pat” B. Dailey. On February 10, Pat was working his full time employment as a Harford County Sheriff Deputy when he and another Deputy were shot and killed in the line of duty.
Pat dedicated his life to protecting his community. He joined the JMVFC on his 16th birthday and served actively for 37 years. Pat spent 9 years on the JMVFC Board of Directors and served as the Chairman of the By-Laws Committee. In addition to being a Fireman and Police Officer, Pat also served in the United Stated Marine Corps.
Pat is survived by his two sons, Tyler 17 and Bryan 20, his girlfriend and his mother. Both Tyler and Bryan followed in their Father’s footsteps and joined the JMVFC. Funeral arrangements are pending.
At this time, the JMVFC has no additional comment. We are taking this time to support Pat’s family and the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.
MIKULSKI STATEMENT ON HARFORD COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today issued the following statement on the shooting deaths of two Harford County sheriff’s deputies killed in the line of duty in Abingdon on Wednesday:
“I join all Marylanders in expressing my most heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of Harford County Sheriff’s Deputies Patrick Dailey and Mark Logsdon. My thoughts and prayers are with their families, friends, and loved ones.
“Sheriff’s Deputy Patrick Dailey served on the force for more than 30 years. He was also a Marine veteran. After serving his country, he continued his service to protect the people of Harford County as both a sheriff’s deputy and a member of the Joppa Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company. For him, one job dedicated to service wasn’t enough. My heart goes out to his girlfriend, mother and two sons.
“Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Logsdon spent 16 years in service with Harford County law enforcement, committed to his community and people he loved. He was also a veteran of our Armed Forces, serving in the U.S. Army. A true example of selflessness, he dedicated his life to defending America and protecting the people of Harford County. We pray for comfort for his wife, three children and parents during this difficult time.
“Day in and day out, our law enforcement are on the front lines keeping families and communities safe. Every day they report for duty, not knowing what they will face. But still they go, driven by their desire to protect their fellow Americans. Deputies Dailey and Logsdon responded without hesitation to the call of duty. We are eternally grateful for their service and the service of all officers who selflessly protect innocent bystanders from harm.”
Preliminary information released from McComas Funeral Home about the viewing and funeral for Deputy Dailey is:
***VIEWING AND FUNERAL INFO***
Patrick “Pat” B. Dailey
3/5/1963 – 2/10/2016
Mountain Christian Church
1824 Mountain Road
Joppa, MD 21085
Mon 2/15/2016 2p-9p
Tue 2/16/2016 2p-9p
Mountain Christian Church
1824 Mountain Road
Joppa, MD 21085
Wed 2/17/2016 10a
Additional and more specific information will be released over the next few days from the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.