BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Tributes from elected leaders and government agencies are pouring in following the death of Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy Glenn Hilliard, who was fatally shot in Pittsville.
Austin Davidson, a 20-year-old Delmar resident, was taken into custody following an extensive manhunt, authorities said. He was charged with first and second degree murder, first and second degree assault, reckless endangerment and use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime.
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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis said Hilliard worked in multiple divisions of the sheriff’s office, most recently transferred to patrol duties at his request.
Gov. Larry Hogan asked the people of Maryland to keep Hillard’s family, the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Department and law enforcement officers across the state in their prayers.
“This is the most painful reminder of the risks our law enforcement officers face as they answer the call to serve every day,” he said.
He later added, “When I met Deputy Hilliard’s wife she asked me to say what a good man he was and that he died doing what he loved.”
The governor ordered that all state flags be reduced to half mast.
It’s a tough day at the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. When I met Deputy Hilliard’s wife she asked me to say what a good man he was and that he died doing what he loved. pic.twitter.com/mx5R1rDIaq
— Governor Larry Hogan (@GovLarryHogan) June 13, 2022
Here are more statements from Maryland officials.
US Senator Chris Van Hollen
The death of Deputy Hilliard, who was killed last night in the line of duty, is heartbreaking. My thoughts are with his loved ones and the entire sheriff’s team. We are so grateful to those who put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe and will not forget this loss. https://t.co/v6eZjold27
— Senator Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) June 13, 2022
Adrienne Jones, Speaker of the House
Extending its sincere condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of @WicoSheriff Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard. This is a tragic loss for Wicomico Co. and for our entire state. Thanks @MDSP for working quickly to find a suspect so that justice can be served for this senseless murder. https://t.co/Gsi7KZL3dG
— Speaker Adrienne A. Jones (@SpeakerAJones) June 13, 2022
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Attorney General Brian Frosh
We extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard, who lost his life in the line of duty yesterday. We are always grateful for your service.https://t.co/V4YP9DJFj2
— Brian Frosh, Attorney General of Maryland (@BrianFrosh) June 13, 2022
Controller Peter Franchot
I send my deepest condolences to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office on the tragic passing of Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard. I pray for his wife and children, and his brothers and sisters in uniform, during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/qv5JeYgi9u
— Controller Peter Franchot (@peterfranchot) June 13, 2022
Steuart Pittman, Anne Arundel County Manager
On behalf of Anne Arundel County, I would like to offer our deepest condolences and support to @WicoSheriff on the loss of Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard. Deputy Hilliard was a 16-year veteran law enforcement officer and he made the ultimate sacrifice to protect his community. pic.twitter.com/1el5gd66F6
— County Executive Steuart Pittman (@AACoExec) June 13, 2022
Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski Jr.
I offer my condolences and deepest sympathy to the family, friends and colleagues of @WicoSheriff Dep. 1st Class Glenn Hilliard. Deputy Hilliard made the ultimate sacrifice to protect his community from a dangerous criminal, leaving a legacy of bravery and heroism for generations to come. pic.twitter.com/1PUSkkItbv
— County Executive Johnny Olszewski (@BaltCoExec) June 13, 2022
Maryland State Police
Maryland State Police mourn today with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect is in custody and the @MDSP the homicide unit is investigating the case. Additional details to follow. https://t.co/M78RRxtvw5
— MD State Police (@MDSP) June 13, 2022
Anne Arundel County Police Department
Our hearts are heavy…Rest easy, Deputy Minister. https://t.co/CSX5o0v4JO
— Anne Arundel County Police Department (@AACOPD) June 13, 2022
Baltimore County Police Department
#BCoPD is saddened to learn that Wicomico County Deputy 1st Class Glenn Hilliard died of injuries he sustained while attempting to arrest a suspect with multiple felony warrants on Sunday . Hilliard was a 16-year veteran. His family and fellow MPs remain in our prayers. pic.twitter.com/dOaq86wxRh
— Baltimore County Police Department (@BaltCoPolice) June 13, 2022
The Maryland Natural Resources Police
The Maryland Natural Resources Police send their deepest condolences to the family and friends of Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office. Thank you for your honorable service, DFC Hilliard. We’ll take the watch from here. https://t.co/WrSFiUsJwN
— Maryland NRP (@MDNRPolice) June 13, 2022
Harford County Sheriff’s Office
The men and women of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office extend their sincere condolences to the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office on the death in the line of duty of First Deputy Glass Glenn Hilliard. A 16-year veteran of law enforcement, Hilliard was a husband and father. pic.twitter.com/MUqHjyEL86
– Sheriff of Harford (@Harford_Sheriff) June 13, 2022
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The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, where Hilliard attended college
The HawkFamily joins local law enforcement in mourning the loss of Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard, who was shot by a fugitive overnight while on duty at Pittsville, MD. Our prayers go out to his family, friends and community. pic.twitter.com/dQpu1JznfB
— UMES (@UMESNews) June 13, 2022