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.

Anne Arundel Officials Name Officers In Police-Involved Shooting

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 (49)
  1. Tim Robertson says:

    The politicians and officers who served this need to be murdered.

  2. David Sommer says:

    This exactly the type murder that the law was intended to generate. Democrats will not be happy until everyone is disarmed and we are all returned to serfdom ruled by “our betters”; at least that is how they see themselves… If that servile existence is what they believe we will accept instead of freedom they are gravely mistaken.

  3. Deb Boneschans says:

    This is unconstitutional and a higher court needs to address this! This is bullchit people! Wake up! This is a gun grab law! Grrrrr

    1. Mike Amerine says:

      It is NOT unconstitutional. The Maryland constitution is one of those that does not provide protection for the citizen’s right of self defense. It is up to the people of that State to fix the 100% immoral law.

      There may be pieces of the law (and certainly the enforcement strategy) that are unconstitutional due to Maryland’s constitutional protections against certain aspects of private property seizures.

      …and don’t try to “incorporate” here. The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is only applicable to the federal congress attempting to pass laws that would infringe on ownership and possession of firearms.

      1. Ellie-Elna Griffin Mooneyham says:

        The Bill of Rights of which the second amendment is a part applies to all the states or local government. That is how the gun laws in DC were changed and in other states. By Supreme Court ruling. The Constitution applys to all the people.

  4. James B. Burkhart says:

    It was a seizure order with no search warrant, unconstitutional. Seems the people that enacted this illegal end run on gun owners want both officers and gun owners dead. By the way, he set the gun down beside the door to read the seizure order, realized it was not a legal search warrant and pick the gun back up to protect him self from illegal search and seizure without a warrant. By constitutional law he was attempting to legally protect himself, his home, and his rights under the Constitution. Amazing how the media does not report that little fact.

  5. Steven Flynn says:

    “Red Coat” Law.
    Police have erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
    Police have kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies with the consent of our corrupt legislatures.
    Police have affected to render the Police independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
    Police have combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended Law Enforcement:
    For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
    For protecting them, by a mock trial from punishment for any murders, thefts, rapes and homicides which they commit on the inhabitants of these States:
    For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
    Police have abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of their protection and waging War against us.
    Police have plundered our homes, ravaged our communities, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
    Police have bared arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
    In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress but have been told to remain silent or it will be used against us: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury and death. A Police Officer, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to protect and serve free people.

  6. Chet Norris says:

    Well, there went your second Amendment. All involved, from Maryland’s Governor all the way doy to the cop involved… Murder and conspiracy to commit murder….

  7. Abraham De La Torre says:

    This very sad. An innocent man murdered in his own front door by the very people who are supposed to protect him. Is this the new excuse now to shoot someone, ‘A treat to themselves or others??’ You all should be ashamed for what you are doing. The American people will not forget this and the other unnecessary death to come from your idiot state laws that the rest of us don’t share.

  8. Laws such as these are similar to ones that sparked a revolution a few hundred years ago; WIll history repeat itself? I sincerely hope not but only time will tell.

  9. Harry Thomas says:

    And so it begins. The Gun Gestapo kicking down the doors of American gun owners and killing them.

  10. Iso Samhadi says:

    More bad laws killing our citizens…can you spell Syria? Law makers who care nothing about the people they allegedly represent.

  11. Ashmoore Everman says:

    Unless these people are felons they have no right to take any guns away. Sorry for the cop who shot him but since you were “just following orders” it should be involuntary-manslaughter charges for you and partner severing an Unlawful summons.

  12. Lindsay Ford says:

    you vote these a-holes in

  13. Jake Bertuglia says:

    The unconstitutional MURDER of citizens who refuse to give up their rights. I bet the officers will not even be charged…. WW2 Germany anyone?

  14. Rick McMillan says:

    Guns what guns? Mine where stole during a burglary about 2 yrs ago!

  15. Rick Bakker says:

    Just like in the movies!!!

  16. Rusty Morris says:

    So, why didn’t the LEOs (1)remove the ammo from the gun and (2) place the gun on the same spot the owner placed the gun?

  17. Roger Stroupe says:

    The cold dead hands of a man in his home as Maryland begins it’s treading, the same state that made room for rioters to burn Baltimore.

  18. Rich Coon says:

    Should be some lawsuits coming soon. No due process, no criminal accusation. I hope this one makes it to the supreme court.

  19. Communist state of Maryland…will avoid in my travels and make sure I don’t spend any money there if I have to transit the state. But that is unlikely since I regularly avoid points north.

  20. William Brower says:

    Wow, all these comments here seem to think this was a 2nd amendment issue….do any of you know the history of the man? Had he been terrorizing his neighbors and family? You don’t know. Was he suffering from a significant mental illness? You don’t know. Was he a Vietnam vet suffering from PTSD and had been acting erratically? You don’t know. Look at the California shooter from the other day….too bad he didn’t have his guns taken away. I fully support the right to bear arms, but there’s a fairly large number of people who, either through their actions or mental state, SHOULDN’T be allowed to own guns. This law was passed to hopefully prevent a mass shooting by removing guns from unstable people. It’s not some devious master plan to confiscate American’s firearms.

    1. Geneva Hundley says:

      His sister said he was angry and asked for the “red flag”. Nosey family member got him killed.

  21. Tom Fewya says:

    Wait till the names of the officers come out . If the nedia hides it go after the media .

  22. Thomas Sexton says:

    Mr. Brower…I have no problem with you comment IF the government (a detached judicial officer) had held hearings on this man’s mental state and abilities to possess firearms. However, just to sent the police to confiscate weapons based on somebody’s opinion that he didn’t need to possess them (if this is what has transpired) ain’t gonna get it!! I can see bad, bad, things happening because of “laws” like this in Maryland.

  23. Richard Baker says:

    Who all is up to head to Maryland and put the State Government in it’s place? It is time we the people retake our country. This was only the beginning unless we stop it.

  24. Timothy Pace says:

    Tasers and stun guns are non lethal and quite effective at that range.

  25. Shane Larson says:

    Cant seem to find my old comment so… I decided to edit and sum up a few thoughts. I saw a comment saying the cops should have been shot when I read the article and some of the comments and that is just sickening. They should never have been there (maybe we don’t know how or who started all of it or put in the protective order) but the people responsible are the politicians. People blame cops and all kinds of other things but never those truly responsible in this case politicians and who ever backs them or that particular law. Example I don’t just blame Pence for being a idiot about science and climate change, I blame him and companies like big oil. Anyway I digress, I encourage everyone to pay attention to this. Any state that thinks “family” or some other BS is a good enough reason to try to confiscate arms..in my opinion needs to be stopped. It is called “right to bear arms” and “Due process” for a reason. Yes the after affects are horrible, However the article points out that they are unsure who called it in. Hell it could have been swatting. By law, in that state you have to be a doctor, a judge or family I believe. The family part to me is BS and easily can lead to all kinds of problems. But either way we have a constitutional right to bear arms. Cops coming to your property via swatting or via some other BS is not due process in my book. No medical hearing no nothing just armed cops at your door telling you to give up your guns. BS that is fascism at its finest. The fact that some are fine with it is not surprising but, on veterans day seriously? Your saying that some of the rights we went and protected should be just sold out whole sale. PS cops showing up to take your guns is not defensive. My point is if they don’t know how or why it was called in why were they there in the first place. By all accounts this was a law abiding citizen that was protecting his right to bear arms. Now he payed the price for waving gun at cops, but I absolutely think this red flag law needs to be looked at. P.S. just because someone is family does not mean they are a doctor or someone that should be making the decision about your rights. Though I do not know what was exchanged as far as between him and the cops. Hey may have been a bad guy or completely reasonable we will never know. It is a shame that this law that was poorly written and implemented put cops in danger and ended with someone dead.

  26. The good/bad cop question can be disposed of decisively. All one needs to to consider is the following. Every cop has agreed, as part of his job, is to enforce ALL laws. Many of these laws are unjust, unconstitutional, and cruel and wicked. Therefore, every cop has agreed to act as an an enforcer of laws that are manifestly unjust, unconstitutional, and even cruel and wicked. There are NO good cops.

  27. Jimmie Jordan says:

    They had served this to 131 people in a month when this happened. They are disarming Maryland and getting by with it.

  28. I spent about a decade in law enforcement. I can’t imagine being given such a crazy order with zero due process. It’s a clear violation of a number of US Constitutional Amendments. Just because it hasn’t been struck down yet doesn’t mean law enforcement should be conducting raids especially at 5am. I can’t think of a worse time to do this. This guy isn’t a drug dealer. He’s a guy coming out of sleep with two armed men at his door. Where I live is much safer than anywhere in Maryland and it’s still not uncommon for people to answer the door armed at that hour. To then transition to a gun removal order? Are these officer’s insane? The guy probably didn’t believe they were really law enforcement. When I read this I considered how I and a number of my current and retired law enforcement friends would respond to this not knowing about this law. It would likely be the same way.

    This death was 100% avoidable and the Sheriff or official claiming this in some way magically protected people is an abomination. Thank god no person like your Sheriff works in law enforcement in my part of the country. Here they actually believe in the Bill of Rights. Which ever official is making such a claim needs to find a new line of work. No wonder there are so many problems related to police shootings and corruption in Maryland. These departments are run by political amateurs undeserving of the badge and title. There’s no valid excuse or explanation for this tragedy. If you’re going to keep doing it do it in the middle of the day you morons. Separate the target from the home and their weapons BEFORE going into the order. Secure them! Amateur hour all around and a man is dead for nothing. Nice work mental giants.

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