An off-duty Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputy fired his weapon at a man who fled after rear-ending the deputy, initiating a vehicle and foot chase in northern Harford County and Baltimore County Monday evening, police said.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, Deputy First Class Christopher Behles, 37, was off duty and on his way home in an unmarked agency Ford Crown Victoria shortly before 5 p.m. when he was rear-ended on Norrisville Road at White Hall Road by a 2001 Toyota 4Runner driven by William Redding Harvey V, 33, of Jarrettsville.
Behles, an eight-year veteran of the agency assigned to the Violent Street Crimes Unit as a plainclothes officer, exited his vehicle, identified himself and engaged in a conversation with Harvey. At that time, police said Harvey began to slowly veer around the patrol car, and the deputy became caught up in the vehicle’s movements.
Police said initial information suggested that Behles became entangled in the car door of Toyota and, concerned about being seriously injured or killed, the deputy “discharged his weapon in an attempt to stop the threat.” Sheriff’s Office spokesman Eddie Hopkins said Behles fired at Harvey, but did not hit him.
The deputy was able to break free from the Toyota, which fled the scene, and Behles pursued the other vehicle west on Norrisville Road and west on Route 439. Entering Baltimore County, Harvey attempted to make a turn on a side street but lost control and rolled his vehicle. Harvey escaped the wreck and continued to flee on foot, but was apprehended by Behles as backup units arrived.
Behles was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Towson with minor injuries, and has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Harvey was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center with minor injuries, and was released from care at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday. He was arrested and charged with second degree assault, resisting arrest, obstruction and hindering and failure to obey a lawful order of a police officer; he also faces additional traffic charges. Harvey was taken to the Harford County Detention Center and released after posting $3,000 bail, the Sheriff’s Office said