Additional Details of NRP Shooting of Talbot County Man

Annapolis - The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) today released additional details on the 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.

The following statement was released by the NRP:

On Monday, July 31, at approximately 11:00 a.m., Officer First Class Hubert F. Brohawn was patrolling the Bellevue area when he observed Thomas Samuel Sherwood Jr. driving south on Bellevue Road. OFC Brohawn knew from previous contacts that Sherwood's driver's license had been revoked and ran a computer check, which confirmed this information. After again observing Sherwood driving on Bellevue Road, OFC Brohawn drove to Gate Street and located Sherwood exiting the cabin of his vessel. The two met on the dock.

When OFC Brohawn advised Sherwood that he had observed him driving and was going to take him into custody, Sherwood walked away and continued toward his vessel after OFC Brohawn told him to stop. OFC Brohawn called for backup. Sherwood untied the lines of his vessel from the dock and started to pull away. OFC Brohawn pulled on the vessel's untied lines. Sherwood put the vessel in reverse and jumped from the vessel onto the dock with a bumper jack in his hands.

OFC Brohawn backed away as Sherwood came directly at him, cursing, and swung the bumper jack at OFC Brohawn. OFC Brohawn continued to back away as Sherwood swung the jack a second time at him. OFC Brohawn drew his service weapon and ordered Sherwood to drop the jack. OFC Brohawn continued backing away to the end of the dock and again ordered Sherwood to drop the jack, which he did not. Sherwood attempted to swing the jack a third time at the officer. Fearing for his life, OFC Brohawn then fired shots from his department issued .40 caliber Beretta pistol and struck Sherwood. OFC Brohawn immediately called for medical assistance, and rendered first aid to Sherwood until other units arrived on the scene.

OFC Brohawn remains on paid administrative leave and the Maryland State Police continue to assist the NRP with the investigation of this incident.


NRP Officer Shoots and Kills Talbot County Man

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