DIRTBAG ROUNDUP: Michael J. D’Angelo shot dead when he attacked and stabbed Maryland Trooper

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DIRTBAG ROUNDUP: Michael J. D’Angelo shot dead when he attacked and stabbed Maryland Trooper

WESTMINSTER, MD – Maryland State Police have identified the suspect who stabbed a state trooper before being fatally wounded on March 11, 2019, in Carroll County, now that family notification has been made. The suspect is identified as Michael J. D’Angelo, 34, of Westminster, Md.  He was pronounced deceased at the Carroll Hospital Center.

A motive for the suspect’s actions remains unknown at this time.  Preliminary information indicates Maryland State Police at the Westminster Barrack had no prior contact with D’Angelo before this morning.

A review of Maryland criminal court records reveals no prior interactions for D’Angelo.

Scene of Michael D’Angelo attacking and stabbing Maryland Trooper before being shot and killed on March 11, 2019 in Westminster Md. Photo from Meiser WBAL

Lowell Meiser from WBAL reported that the car shown in the above photo has nothing to do with suspect in Trooper involved shooting but just happened to be there. Suspect was wanted for slashing tires in 2 neighborhoods. Trooper spotted him walking and approached, confrontation he was stabbed, and trooper shot and killed suspect

The Maryland State Police report that the trooper stabbed during the encounter with D’Angelo was released from the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland, early this afternoon.  While recovering from his wound, he will be on administrative leave which is procedure following a trooper-involved shooting.  The trooper is a six-year veteran of the Maryland State Police.

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According to the preliminary Maryland State Police investigation, a trooper from the Westminster Barrack was responding to the area of Washington Road in Westminster to contact the victim of a destruction of property, who reported his tires had been slashed and his vehicle had been damaged for the second day in a row.  While the trooper was responding, a second individual contacted the barrack and reported the tires on their vehicle had been slashed.  This victim gave a description of a suspect and said the suspect was armed with a knife.

Shortly after 8:00 a.m. today, as the trooper approached the intersection of Washington Road and Stoner Ave., he observed the suspect walking along the road.  The uniformed trooper approached the suspect on foot and attempted to contact him. A struggle ensued in the area of the intersection of Washington Road and Stoner Ave.  The trooper was stabbed by the suspect in the side with a knife.  The trooper fired his assigned duty weapon and struck the suspect.

The trooper-involved shooting is being investigated by the Maryland State Police Homicide Unit.  Upon completion, the investigation will be submitted to the Carroll County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.  The Carroll County State’s Attorney and members of his staff visited the scene this morning and will continue to receive briefings from investigators.  An investigation by the Maryland State Police Internal Affairs Division will also be conducted.

The scene is being processed by Maryland State Police crime scene technicians.  Assistance is also being provided by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office.  A knife has been located at the scene.

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