The Harford County sheriff is interfering in the investigation, AG said

The Maryland Attorney General’s Office on Monday seeks a temporary restraining order based on allegations that the Harford County Sheriff’s Office is interfering in an investigation into Saturday’s fatal shooting. PDF: Legal documents filed by Attorney General Deputies shot a suicidal man Saturday afternoon in Forest Hill, said Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler. The sheriff’s office said the man was believed to be armed with a long pistol. “After searching for nearly an hour and phone conversations with the adult, he was located behind the CVS store in Forest Hill. The interaction ended with deputies firing their firearms,” ​​Gahler said Saturday. Authorities said the man was taken to a hospital where he died. The sheriff’s office identified the man Sunday as John Raymond Fauver, 53, of Whiteford. Under state law, a fatal shooting by law enforcement agencies must be investigated by the Maryland Attorney General’s Office’s Independent Investigations Division. On Saturday, Gahler said the sheriff’s office “cooperates fully with the attorney general’s investigation.” But a spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office said shortly afterwards that that was not what was happening. collects the evidence, which is contrary to the purpose of the law, which is that these investigations should be independent, “said Raquel Coombs, representative of the Attorney General’s office. AG accuses the sheriff’s office of” interfering “in the investigation. “The division’s investigation into this case. This interference in an independent investigation is against the law. The people of Maryland deserve better and we will fight to see that they get it,” State Attorney Brian Frosh said in a statement released Monday afternoon. said the Harford County Sheriff’s Office refused to allow the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Unit, an independent body, to collect the evidence in accordance with IID’s standard protocols. The court’s filing states: “At approximately 6:40 p.m., in a telephone conversation between the head of the Independent Investigation Department, Dana Mulhauser, and Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, Sheriff Gahler unequivocally stated that he refused to allow the MSP to gather evidence.” “HCSO insisted instead that its own employees collect the evidence,” the attorney general’s statement read. “HCSO did not begin collecting this evidence until after MSP Evidence Technicians were present and available to do so in a reliable, independent manner. This evidence has not been provided to IID in the two days since the fatal accident occurred.” AG: Sheriff’s The office refused to release copies of the video. The Attorney General further said the sheriff’s office refused to provide copies of any video of the incident to IID investigators, including the body-worn cameras of those involved and witnesses, as well as dashboard cameras and additional video from non-law enforcement sources. The court document states: “Harford County Attorney General Albert Peisinger stated that while the Independent Investigation Department could view the footage in a mobile HCSO command center, HCSO would not provide electronic copies of the requested material to the Independent Investigation Department.” Earlier Monday afternoon, the sheriff’s office tweeted that state police and the Attorney General’s office on premises have had the opportunity to review body-worn camera videos with the sheriff’s office staff. , they need as we move forward, “the sheriff said. said office in a tweet. The Attorney General responded to the sheriff’s proposed alternative – that IID only review the videos under HCSO supervision – as opposed to an independent investigation. The sheriff’s office said it intends to release the video to the public following the conclusion of the investigation. Gahler answers. Gahler is spoken to by 11 News Monday night and is defending his actions after he was accused of meddling in a state investigation. Gahler said his office follows its policies, which he said are in accordance with Maryland law. He calls the Attorney General’s legal act of a political nature. “The General Assembly passed a law, and we follow the law. My concern in some of my previous correspondence and communication with the Attorney General is that he issued – he called them minutes – which were not founded in law, they were just his office’s quirky decisions. They did not carry the weight of the law, “Gahler said. Gahler said the issue will be decided by the courts. Deputies identified The sheriff’s office on Monday identified the deputies who shot Fauver as Sgt. Sives and Cpl. Maddox.Sives joined the agency in 2007 and is currently attached to the Police Operations Office of Northern Precinct.Cpl. Maddox also joined the agency in 2007 and is currently affiliated with the Investigative Services Bureau of the Criminal Investigations Division. Both deputies remain on routine administrative leave until the outcome of the ongoing investigation. This report will be updated.

The Maryland Attorney General’s Office is seeking a temporary stay on Monday based on allegations that the Harford County Sheriff’s Office is interfering in an investigation into Saturday’s fatal shooting.

| PDF: Legal documents filed by the Attorney General

Deputies shot a suicide bomber Saturday afternoon in Forest Hill, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. The sheriff’s office said the man was believed to be armed with a long pistol.

“After searching for nearly an hour and phone conversations with the adult, he was located behind the CVS store in Forest Hill. The interaction ended with deputies firing their firearms,” ​​Gahler said Saturday.

Authorities said the man was taken to a hospital where he died. The sheriff’s office identified the man Sunday as John Raymond Fauver, 53, of Whiteford.

Under state law, a fatal shooting by law enforcement agencies must be investigated by the Maryland Attorney General’s Office’s Independent Investigations Division. On Saturday, Gahler said the sheriff’s office “cooperates fully with the attorney general’s investigation.”

But a spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office said shortly afterwards that was not what happened.

“They do not allow (Maryland State Police), which is an independent body with which we cooperate in these cases, to collect the evidence. They collect the evidence, which is contrary to the purpose of the law, which is for these investigations. To be independent , “said Raquel Coombs, a representative of the Attorney General’s Office.

AG accuses the sheriff’s office of “interfering” in the investigation

“The sheriff’s office is interfering in the division’s investigation into this case. This interference in an independent investigation is against the law. The people of Maryland deserve better and we will fight to see that they get it,” State Attorney Brian Frosh said in a statement released Monday afternoon.

In court documents filed Monday, the attorney general said the Harford County Sheriff’s Office refused to allow the Maryland State Police Forensic Sciences Unit, an independent body, to collect the evidence in accordance with IID’s standard protocols.

The court’s filing reads: “Around 6:40 p.m., in a telephone conversation between the head of the Independent Investigation Department, Dana Mulhauser, and Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler, Sheriff Gahler unequivocally stated that he refused to allow the MSP to gather evidence.”

“HCSO insisted instead that its own employees collect the evidence,” it read in a statement from the Attorney General. “HCSO did not begin collecting that evidence until after MSP evidence technicians were present and available to do so in a reliable, independent manner. This evidence has not been provided to IID in the two days since the fatal accident occurred.”

AG: The sheriff’s office refused to release copies of the video

The state’s attorney further said the sheriff’s office refused to provide copies of any video of the incident to IID investigators, including the body-worn cameras of those involved and witnesses, as well as dashboard cameras and additional video from non-law enforcement sources.

The court’s filing states: “Harford County State Attorney Albert Peisinger stated that while the Independent Investigation Department could view the footage in a mobile HCSO command center, HCSO would not provide electronic copies of the requested material to the Independent Investigation Department.”

Earlier Monday afternoon, the sheriff’s office tweeted that the state police and the state attorney’s investigators had the opportunity to review body-worn camera videos along with the sheriff’s office staff.

“In the spirit of full cooperation, they continue to have complete and unobstructed access to see all the footage or evidence they need as we move forward,” the sheriff’s office said in a tweet.

The Attorney General responded to the sheriff’s proposed alternative – that IID only review the videos under HCSO supervision – as opposed to an independent investigation.

The sheriff’s office said it intends to release video to the public after the end of the investigation.

Gahler answers

Gahler is being talked to by 11 News Monday night for defending his actions after he was accused of meddling in a state investigation.

Gahler said his office follows its policies, which he said are in accordance with Maryland law. He calls the Attorney General’s legal act of a political nature.

“The General Assembly passed a law, and we follow the law. My concern in some of my previous correspondence and communication with the Attorney General is that he issued – he called them minutes – which were not founded in law, they were just his office’s quirky decisions. They did not carry the weight of the law, “Gahler said.

Gahler said the issue will be decided by the courts.

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Deputies identified

The sheriff’s office on Monday identified the deputies who shot Fauver as Sgt. Sives and Cpl. Maddox.

Sives joined the agency in 2007 and is currently attached to the Northern Precinct Police Operations Office.

Cpl. Maddox also joined the agency in 2007 and is currently affiliated with the Investigative Services Bureau of the Criminal Investigations Division.

Both deputies remain on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

This report will be updated.

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