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(May 3, 2019) Former Ocean City Police Chief Bernadette DiPino’s daughter, a Baltimore County police officer, was shot in the line of duty in Parkville on Thursday afternoon.

One suspect, identified on Friday as 76-year-old Robert Uhl Johnson, was killed and DiPino’s daughter, Pfc. T. Hays, underwent surgery at Shock Trauma after a shootout just after 1:30 p.m. at a Parkville residence. Hays is a 13-year veteran of the force and was involved in one prior police shooting, in 2008. She was assigned to the Parkville Precinct Patrol.

Police spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson told the Baltimore Sun the injuries to Hays are non life-threatening, adding, “The officer is going to remain in surgery for quite some time and then the officer will be transported to intensive care.”

An updated police report on Friday afternoon said Hays remains in stable condition.

According to a Baltimore County Police press release yesterday, police responded to a call of a subject with a gun in a Parkville home in the 3000 block of Lindwood Way.

Additional information provided by police on Friday said a previous report erroneously stated an officer fired a gun upon entering the home. Further review of evidence, including body camera footage, reportedly showed "the suspect picked up a firearm, did not follow officers' commands to put down the weapon, and pointed the gun at the officers." Police then fired upon Johnson.

According to the report, as the officers entered the home Johnson picked up the handgun, pointed it at police and said, "I'm sorry I have to do this." Four officers then fired upon Johnson, including Hays.

Hays was shot once, in the upper body.

According to police, “During the subsequent investigation by Homicide Unit detectives, it was determined that Suspect Johnson’s gun was not loaded. They also discovered that Suspect Johnson left his will and last requests for burial out for officers to find.”

Three others involved in the incident, identified as Pfc. J. Hummel, Pfc. A. Burns and Pfc. J. Deford, are currently on routine administrative leave.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit will complete its investigation and submit the case for review to the Baltimore County State's Attorneys Office. 

Bernadette DiPino was the chief of police in Ocean City from 2003 until 2009, and later became the first female police chief in Sarasota, Florida.

Sarasota Police issued a statement, yesterday:

“Earlier today, Thursday, May 2, 2019, Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino was notified that her daughter, an officer with the Baltimore County Police Department in Maryland, was shot in the line of duty. She was seriously injured and transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where she is currently undergoing surgery.

“Chief DiPino is in Maryland with her daughter and family. The Sarasota Police Department asks for the chief's privacy to be respected during this difficult time.”

This story was updated from a previous version.

Josh Davis is an MDDC award-winning editor and reporter at the Bayside Gazette and Ocean City Today newspapers, covering Berlin and Ocean Pines, Maryland. He is the author of three novels, including 'Vanishing is the Last Art' (2012). He lives in Berlin.

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