Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash on Mattawoman Beantown Road Under Investigation:
Charles County Sheriff Troy Berry reports that a man who was beating a woman that he had carjacked and fled, was spotted by a patrol officer of the Charles County Sheriff’s Department who gave chase. The good news is that the fleeing felon crashed into a dump truck and was killed.
Sheriff Berry provided these details:
On June 29, at 2 p.m., officers responded to a business in the 11900 block of Acton Lane in Waldorf for the report of a male beating and choking a woman and a possible carjacking in progress. The victim and suspect were unknown to each other and, according to witnesses, it appeared to be a random attack.
A patrol officer, who was nearby, arrived and observed the injured woman on the ground. He also observed the suspect driving away in the victim’s car at a high rate of speed. Officers followed the car southbound onto Mattawoman Beantown Road where the suspect continued driving at high speeds and in a reckless manner.
As the suspect approached Poplar Hill Road, he lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a dump truck. The suspect was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the dump truck was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. The woman who was assaulted was transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
In accordance with Maryland law, the Office of the Attorney General’s Independent Investigations Division (IID) and the Maryland State Police (MSP) was contacted and responded to the scene to lead the investigation. Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to call the Office of the Attorney General’s Independent Investigations Division at 410-576-7070.
The IID is investigating this incident with assistance from the Maryland State Police Crash Team.
The IID will generally release the name of the involved officers within 48 hours of the incident, though that period may be extended if an officer is injured, or if there is a specific reason to believe that an officer’s safety is at risk.
There were Sheriff’s officers’ dashboard cameras and microphones that were activated during the incident. The IID will generally release body camera footage or dashboard camera footage within 14 days of an incident. There may be situations where more than 14 days is necessary, including if investigators need more time to complete witness interviews if there are technical delays caused by the need to redact the identities of civilian witnesses or to allow family members to view the video before it is released to the public.