BALTIMORE, MD – The Independent Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General today released dashboard camera footage from the fatal police pursuit that occurred on March 11, 2022, in Charles County, Maryland. The decedent was identified as 50-year-old Darell Byrd of Waldorf, Maryland.
The Independent Investigations Division, with the assistance of the Maryland State Police Crash Team, continues to investigate the circumstances of the fatal pursuit.
UPDATE – The Independent Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General has identified the deceased driver and involved officers in the fatal single-vehicle crash that occurred on March 11 in Charles County. The crash occurred following an attempted traffic stop and police pursuit of the decedent’s vehicle.
The deceased driver has been identified as 50-year-old Darell Byrd of Waldorf, Maryland.
The involved officers have been identified as Officer Kenneth Barry, an 8-year veteran; Officer Shawn Griffith, a 6-year veteran; and Officer Shayne Cannon, a 1.5-year veteran. The officers are assigned to the Patrol Division. The Independent Investigations Division, with the assistance of the Maryland State Police Crash Team, continues to investigate the circumstances of the fatal pursuit.
UPDATE – The Independent Investigations Division (IID) of the Office of the Attorney General is investigating a fatal crash following an attempted traffic stop and police pursuit that occurred Friday morning in Charles County.
On March 11, at 4:06 a.m., officers with the Charles County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a hit-and-run crash in the 3900 block of Pine Cone Circle in Waldorf. When officers arrived on scene, the driver was no longer there, but a witness provided his identity and vehicle description. At around 4:47 a.m., officers located the same individual driving a pickup truck in the area of St. Marks Drive and attempted to pull him over. The driver, an adult male, failed to stop and led officers on a pursuit along St. Charles Parkway. The driver quickly lost control of his truck and crashed on St. Charles Parkway. The driver suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead on scene. No other vehicles were involved in the crash on St. Charles Parkway.
The IID is investigating this incident with assistance from the Maryland State Police Crash Team.
The IID will generally release the name of the involved officers within 48 hours of the incident, though that period may be extended if an officer is injured, or if there is a specific reason to believe that an officer’s safety is at risk. The Sheriff’s officers’ dashboard cameras and microphones were activated during the incident. The IID will generally release body camera footage or dashboard camera footage within 14 days of an incident. There may be situations where more than 14 days is necessary, including if investigators need more time to complete witness interviews, if there are technical delays caused by the need to redact the identities of civilian witnesses, or to allow family members to view the video before it is released to the public.
WALDORF, Md. – On March 11 at 4:06 a.m., officers responded to a call for a motor vehicle crash in the 3900 block of Pine Cone Circle in Waldorf. When officers arrived, family members reported their relative crashed his car into a parked vehicle, leaving the vehicle unattended in the roadway. The driver was suspected to be under the influence and fled on foot. As officers attempted to locate the driver, the family observed him drive past the scene in his pick-up truck. They alerted officers who then attempted to stop the driver on St. Marks Drive, but the driver accelerated and fled. The driver turned onto St. Charles Parkway and continued driving at a high rate of speed and, within seconds, lost control of his truck and crashed. Officers attempted to render first aid, but it was clear the driver was deceased.
In accordance with Maryland law, the Office of the Attorney General’s Independent Investigations Division (IID) and the Maryland State Police (MSP) were contacted and responded to the scene to lead the investigation, working alongside members of the Sheriff’s Office. The name of the driver will be released by the Attorney General’s IID. Anyone with additional information about this incident should call the Office of the Attorney General’s Independent Investigations Division at 410-576-7070. The investigation is ongoing.