Updated: (HAMPSTEAD, MD) – A Carroll County woman armed with a handgun and threatening suicide was fatally shot by a Maryland state trooper Monday evening after she refused repeated orders to surrender and pointing the weapon in the direction of police on the scene.
According to reports, troopers from the Westminster Barrack were called to the 4600-block of Upper Beckleysville Road, Hampstead, Md at about 5:40 p.m. today for a domestic situation between the 40-year-old woman and her sister, with whom she lived. While en route to the scene, a second call was received informing troopers the woman had armed herself with a handgun and was threatening suicide. The woman's sister reported she and her teenage daughter had locked themselves in an upstairs bathroom.
Two State troopers, a Hampstead Police officer and a Carroll County deputy sheriff arrived at the two-story home shortly before 6:00 p.m. and purportedly observed a woman moving between upstairs and downstairs windows repeatedly pointing the gun at the police outside the home. The woman refused repeated commands to drop the weapon and continued to point the gun in the direction of police. Presumably in fear for his life, one of the troopers fired his Department-issued .40 caliber pistol, fatally wounding the woman.
The woman was flown by Maryland State Police medevac helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where she was pronounced dead.
The Maryland State Police Homicide Unit, Westminster Barrack Criminal Investigation Section, Internal Affairs Unit, and crime scene technicians from the State Police Forensic Sciences Division are continuing the investigation and are expected to remain at the scene until the early morning hours on Tuesday.
Police are withholding the identities of the woman and the trooper until family members have been notified and the preliminary on scene investigation is completed.
Update: The deceased woman is identified as Satina D. White, 40, who was living with her sister and her sister's teenaged daughter in the 4600-block of Upper Beckleysville Road, Hampstead, Md. White was pronounced dead last night at the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.
The trooper involved in the shooting is identified as Trooper John Warchal, a traffic patrol trooper assigned to the Westminster Barrack. Trooper Warchal is a three-year-veteran of the Maryland State Police.
Police went through the home and found White's sister and her daughter locked in the upstairs bathroom. They were unharmed.
White's sister told investigators White had been drinking alcoholic beverages Sunday evening and again on Monday. She said she and her sister had argued Sunday evening and again late Monday afternoon. She said she had told her sister she would have to leave her residence and could no longer live there.
Police believe White obtained the .45 caliber pistol from a pickup truck, which belongs to the boyfriend of White's sister, parked in the driveway of the home. The boyfriend was not at the scene at the time of the incident. Police believe the gun belonged to him. When police searched the truck, they found several loaded magazines and ammunition for a .45 caliber handgun in the console area, but did not indicate whether the weapon was actually loaded.
The scene was searched and processed after investigators obtained a search warrant.
Trooper Warchal has been placed on administrative leave, routine in police-involved shootings.