11/05/2006

Md. officer fatally shoots man with gun

By Andrea F. Siegel, Sun Reporter
The Baltimore Sun

An Anne Arundel County police officer shot and killed a man who pointed a gun at a tactical team Thursday when it burst into his Lothian home to arrest him, the department said yesterday.

Mansfield Albert Hurley Jr., 25, of the 5100 block of Sands Road had been wanted in connection with a shooting early Thursday morning.

The identity of the officer, who has been placed on routine administrative leave pending an investigation, was not revealed. He has been with the department for 8 1/2 years, said Officer Sara Schriver, a county police spokesman.

This is the fifth shooting -- the second fatal -- by an Anne Arundel police officer this year.

Schriver said Hurley, 25, was suspected of shooting an acquaintance, Ronnie Cornelius Hall, 41, in the leg and abdomen at 2:50 a.m. The two had argued at Hall's home in the 1100 block of Mount Zion-Marlboro Road, and the confrontation ended when Hall was shot, Schriver said. At first, Hall told police he did not know who shot him and that it happened when he was outside picking up his newspaper.

Hall was treated at Prince George's Hospital Center and released. Detectives questioning him at the hospital detected inconsistencies in his story, and Hall later identified Hurley as the shooter, Schriver said.

At 10:47 that night, a team of officers from the Special Operations Section forced its way into the home, Schriver said.

"We had a no-knock warrant based on prior intelligence -- we knew this person had firearms in the house and could be dangerous," she said.

Hurley pointed a "long gun" at them, refused the officers' orders to put it down, and was shot, she said. Hurley was pronounced dead at Anne Arundel Medical Center. Police did not disclose where or how many times Hurley was shot.

Another man in the house, whom police are not identifying, was unarmed and complied with all police orders, Shriver said.

Shriver said she could not identify the type of gun Hurley pointed at police.

Court records show Hurley had a 2005 conviction for possession of drug paraphernalia; a 2004 conviction for driving while impaired; a 2001 conviction for underage possession of alcohol; and a 1999 conviction for fourth-degree burglary.

Sun reporter Phillip McGowan contributed to this article.

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