FERNADALE, Md. (WJZ) — A 61-year-old man is dead after he was shot by an officer trying to enforce Maryland’s new ‘red flag’ law in Ferndale Monday morning.

Anne Arundel County Police confirmed the police-involved shooting happened in the 100 block of Linwood Avenue around 5:17 a.m.


According to police, two officers serving a new Extreme Risk Protective Order (Red Flag Law), a Maryland protective order to remove guns from a household, shot and killed the man listed on that order.

“Under the law, family, police, mental health professionals can all ask for the protective orders to remove weapons,” said Sgt. Jacklyn David, with Anne Arundel County Police.

That man was identified as Gary J. Willis of same address.

Officials said Willis answered the door while holding a handgun.

Willis then placed the gun next to the door.

When officers began to serve him the order, Willis became irate and grabbed his gun.

One of the officers tried to take the gun from Willis, but instead Willis fired the gun.

The second officer fired a gun, striking Willis. He died at the scene.

No police officers were injured and others inside the house were unharmed.

Police continue to investigate the shooting. At this time it’s not clear who called police to alert them about Willis.

Anne Arundel County Police have only had nine “red flag” calls so far.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are asked to call the Tip Line at 410-222-4700.

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Comments (214)

    innocent man dead ,, someone shows up at my door in darkness waking me at 5:30am ???

    this law killed an innocent man,,, democrats are commies

    1. DT wxrisk says:

      he was innocent .. he fired at the cops FIRST

      trump voters are mentally ill

      1. Lynn McLeod says:

        The report says the gun when the officer tried to take it, it did not say he fired at officer

    2. DT wxrisk says:

      the man was deemed to be mentally ill.. and fired at the police first

      he was not innocent.

      1. Lysander says:

        This is called “begging the question.” According to you, this guy had a duty to submit, no matter what rights police violated, because showing any resistance whatsoever makes him “not innocent.”

        “Deemed mentally ill.” I guess that’s all that’s needed to summarily execute someone. I think you may find a society like North Korea more to your liking.

    3. Mike Bollinger says:

      The only way to stop this kind of thing is have police get shot up from inside the house, and from the neighbors at the same time. I can’t believe that the police will go along with this sort of thing. This guy was assaulted at 5AM, what would the cops do if strangers came to their door in the early AM?. They should have went in full daylight, but by rights they never should have gone to his house at all.

  2. G Miller says:


  3. Tyson Bunn says:

    So, in Maryland someone or anyone who has a beef with you for any reason. Legitimate or not, can say you don’t need a gun, then the cops will come to take your gun without due process. There will be more killings.

  4. straightent says:

    Any law contrary to the constitution is no law and is null and void. This made this murder, and a deprivation of rights under the “color of law”. Capital felony treason upon the people.

  5. BillWhit says:

    This is an abuse of power and the accuser should be confronted as to why they are afraid of someone. RIP, Brother! The Tyrants time are coming soon! Largest Domestic Enemy group is the USA is the DemocRat Party, especially, DemocRats in politics. KAG!

  6. Tony waller says:

    Stupid law

  7. dave L MCINTOSH says:

    This wont end well folks. Its just the beginning of the end for the people there.

  8. David Alexander says:

    Did they have to kill him? he had every right to defend his home< COPS are not a judge now days they are cowards hiding behind a badge

  9. Marc Barlow says:

    I see a big lawsuit coming

  10. TexKaboy says:

    The denial of a fundamental right without due process is tyranny. No police officer should enforce these tyrannical laws. Citizens have a right and a duty to defend against tyranny.

  11. Alex Hudson says:

    Cops murdered another citizen….

  12. John says:

    This Is Tyranny!!! plain and simple

  13. Alan Estes says:

    They came to his door at 5:17AM! WTH would be the reason for that!

  14. Alex Wise says:

    There will be a lot more of these kind of deaths with these red flag laws, which are a violation of the 2nd amendment.

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