BALTIMORE (WJZ) – The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office on Monday identified the deputy involved in last week’s shooting as First Class Deputy Christian Lucente.
Lucente, a five-year veteran of the Sheriff’s Office assigned to the agency’s patrol division, was placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for police shootings.
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County Sheriff Frederick Chuck Jenkins said Lucente, who was not injured in the shooting, “is in a good mood and strongly believes in the decision to use deadly force in this unfortunate incident.” .
Last Friday, Lucente shot 28-year-old Lookman-Khalil Abolajo Bello of Hagerstown when he returned fire during a chase that stemmed from an attempt to stop a vehicle on Interstate 270, authorities said.
Authorities said Bello was being stopped for speeding and was suspected of driving under the influence, but instead of pulling over, he continued to swerve out of the vehicle and lead Lucente into a chase on foot.
At some point, authorities said, Bello opened fire on Lucente, who returned fire and attacked the 28-year-old at least three times.
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Bello was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore to be treated for his injuries. At last check, he was listed in stable condition.
The Hagerstown man was charged with first- and second-degree assault, evading police and several gun and bullet crimes, deputies said.
Additional details about the shooting, such as how many shots were fired, were not immediately known. Lucente was not wearing a body camera and the second lieutenant involved in the chase did not witness the shooting.
In a statement Monday, Sheriff Jenkins expressed confidence that the deputy will be back on duty “within a short time.”
“Deputy Lucente is fully cooperating with all aspects of the investigation, and I have full confidence that his decision to use deadly force will be determined to be justifiable after the defendant opens fire. ,” said Jenkins.
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