3 people killed in shooting at Maryland business, governor says


“The State Police responded, pursued the suspect, suspect fired and shot the state trooper in the shoulder, who then returned fire and shot him back,” Hogan said at a news conference on Covid-19.

A Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy talks to bystanders following a shooting in Smithsburg, Maryland, on Thursday, June 9, 2020.

A news release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook said responding deputies found four victims at the company, three of whom were dead and one who was critically injured. The suspect had left the scene but was tracked down by a Maryland State Police trooper.

“Gunshots were exchanged between the suspect and the Trooper. Both were injured and transported for medical treatment,” the release says.

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Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Carly Hose said the suspect was a man, but she didn’t yet know other details about the shooting, like whether the shooter was an employee of Columbia Machine.

The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. ET, authorities said.

Columbia Machine is a manufacturer of concrete products equipment, according to their website.

Smithsburg is about 75 miles west of Baltimore.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives office in Baltimore and the FBI each said agents are assisting the sheriff’s office with the incident.

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