Bellevue - The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are investigating a police-involved shooting that left a Talbot County man dead after an altercation with an NRP officer at a boat dock on Tar Creek near Bellevue, Maryland.
According to a statement released by the NRP, Thomas Samuel Sherwood Jr., 49, of Bellevue, Maryland was shot and killed during the confrontation with a Maryland Natural Resources Police officer on Monday, July 31 at approximately 11:30 a.m. The shooting occurred after Sherwood, who was returning to the dock in his boat, had an altercation with Officer First Class Hubert F. Brohawn. Sherwood charged at OFC Brohawn with a large car jack. Sherwood did not stop after repeated verbal commands to stop were issued by OFC Brohawn. Fearing for his safety, OFC Brohawn then fired shots from his department issued .40 caliber Beretta pistol and struck Sherwood. OFC Brohawn attempted to call for backup several times during the confrontation.
Sherwood was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.
NRP is being assisted by the Maryland State Police in the investigation. The Maryland Natural Resources Police Integrity and Inspections Unit is conducting a separate Administrative Investigation of the shooting.
OFC Brohawn is a four and a half year veteran of the Maryland Natural Resources Police and is currently assigned to the Upper Eastern Region. He was previously employed by the Talbot County Sheriff's Office for nine years. He will be placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
According to the NRP, Thomas Sherwood had a very extensive criminal history. However, no details were released to substantiate this statement. This investigation is still continuing.