UPDATE: (PITTSVILLE, MD) – Maryland State Police have arrested and charged a man wanted in the murder of a Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office deputy on Sunday evening.
The suspect, Austin Jacob Allen Davidson, 20, of Delmar, Maryland, is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and the use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime. He is being held without bond at the Wicomico County Detention Center.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard located Davidson in the area of the Talbot Street Apartments in the 7400 block of Gumboro Road in Pittsville, Maryland. Davidson was wanted for four outstanding arrest warrants.
According to a preliminary investigation, a brief foot pursuit occurred and Davidson shot Deputy First Class Hilliard with a handgun before fleeing the scene. Deputy First Class Hilliard, 42, was transported by ambulance to TidalHealth Peninsula Regional Hospital in Salisbury, Maryland, where he was declared deceased.
Following an extensive manhunt, involving local, state and federal agencies, Davidson surrendered to law enforcement without incident about two hours after the shooting. Those who assisted in the search for the suspect included Maryland State Police, Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office, Worcester County Sheriff’s Office, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, Talbot County Sheriff’s Office, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, Fruitland Police, Salisbury Police, Berlin Police, Princess Anne Police, Ocean City Police, Ocean Pines Police, Pocomoke City Police, Maryland Natural Resources Police, Delaware State Police, the ATF, DEA and the U.S. Marshal’s. Other agencies that offered support included Wicomico County Emergency Management, Pittsville Fire and EMS Department and the Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration.
The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit will be leading the investigation with assistance from the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office.
The case remains under investigation…
Sheriff Mike Lewis and members of the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office regret to announce the Line of Duty death of one of their own. Just hours ago, Deputy First Class Glenn Hilliard, a 16-year veteran law enforcement officer was gunned down in Pittsville, Maryland while attempting to apprehend a fugitive who was wanted on multiple felony warrants in multiple jurisdictions. Deputy Hilliard spotted the suspect coming out of an apartment complex and a foot pursuit ensued. Deputy Hilliard was fatally shot while attempting to apprehend the suspect. After an extensive manhunt by dozens of law enforcement officers from throughout the region, the suspect was captured and is awaiting arraignment. There is no further threat by this man to our communities.
The days ahead will be challenging, but for now, we are mourning the loss of an incredible human being. Deputy Glenn Hilliard was a son, a husband, and a father to three beautiful children, a brother to those he worked with, and an exemplary public servant to the citizens of Wicomico County and to the State of Maryland. Our hearts and prayers go out to Glenn’s family during this difficult time.
As an organization, we are heartbroken over this senseless and tragic murder. This loss exacts an enormous emotional toll on the Sheriff’s Office family, but we will do what is necessary and proper to honor Glenn and support those who knew and loved him. Brave men and women like Glenn Hilliard put their lives in danger every day to protect our families, and I am extremely grateful to them for keeping our communities safe. Glenn worked in several areas within the Sheriff’s Office, having most recently transferred back to patrol upon request. Glenn would have celebrated his 42nd birthday next Wednesday, June 22nd.
Sheriff Lewis would like to express his sincere gratitude and appreciation to all law enforcement agencies from across the state that responded to our call of assistance tonight. I am incredibly thankful for the outpouring of support from all of my fellow sheriffs, chiefs and federal law enforcement partners.
The suspect Austin Davidson was captured earlier this morning.