DPSCS Investigating EPRU Walkoff, Assisting Law Enforcement with shooting investigation
TOWSON, MD (August 23, 2012) – The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services' Internal Investigative Unit is continuing an investigation into the inmate walkoff that happened Wednesday evening at the Eastern Pre-Release Unit in Queen Anne's County.
An Eastern Pre-Release Unit (EPRU) inmate walked off from the facility yard on August 22, 2012 in-between regularly scheduled counts.
All inmates were accounted for and cleared during a 4:15 pm count. The next count was called at 5:40 pm after dinner and at approximately 6:25 pm staff confirmed that the inmate was unaccounted for.
Law enforcement (Maryland State Police, Queen Anne's County Sheriff's Office, and the Centreville Police Department) was notified. The facility's siren and community notification systems were activated.
The inmate was later shot and killed by law enforcement after being pursued.
Inmate name: Not being released pending next-of-kin notification. Last residence listed in Baltimore, MD
Date of Birth: 7/8/87
Serving 3 years for 2nd degree assault, was to be released in September 2013
Inmate had been housed at EPRU since July 23, 2012.
EPRU is a dormitory style pre-release facility without a secure perimeter. Inmates there are low-risk, minimum security inmates generally within 18-months of release.
Because of their status, many inmates are on unsupervised work release traveling to and from their place of employment daily. Others do supervised work in the community, including trash pickup along state roadways.
DPSCS continues to cooperate with Maryland State Police and local law enforcement as the investigation into the shooting continues.