FERNDALE, Md. (WJZ) — Anne Arundel County Police have named the two officers in a police-involved shooting in Ferndale early Monday.

Officers were trying to enforce Maryland’s new Extreme Risk Protective Order (Red Flag Law), a Maryland protective order to remove guns from a household after someone reports that the gun owner may be under distress.

Man Fatally Shot By Police After He Refuses To Hand Officers His Gun

Instead while trying to get the gun from 61-year-old Gary J. Willis, police said Willis fired a shot — and was then fatally shot by an officer on scene.

Corporal J. Hopper is a 5-year veteran of the force and Police First Class G. Zawondry, another 5-year veteran of the force, were place on administrative leave.

Police also corrected the age of Willis, who they said was 61 and 60 as previously reported.

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  1. Brian says:

    Red flag laws should be and are a violation of our constitution. Couple this with someone making a anonymous complaint only ads to the violation. As a result the cops were carrying out a illegal order. The cops were therefore accomplices to murder and should be treated as such. The alternative is to perform this duty through a court of law where the accuser gets to confront the accused. If people are going to make a complaint against someone it needs to be on the books and if the accuser is lying he needs to be charged and punished.

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