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Maryland Panera Shooting: 2 Deputies, Suspect Dead in Lunchtime Chase

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An investigator walks at the scene of a shooting at a shopping center in Abingdon, Maryland, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. A man opened fire inside the crowded restaurant during lunchtime. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

By    |   Thursday, 11 Feb 2016 09:47 AM

A Maryland Panera shooting at a shopping center Wednesday left two Harford County deputies and the suspect dead in the area about 30 miles northeast of Baltimore.

The suspect, identified as 68-year-old David Brian Evans, was killed by authorities after the two deputies, who have not been identified, were fatally shot, The Baltimore Sun reported. The incident began at the Panera Bread in the Boulevard at Box Hill shopping center in Abingdon, according to the newspaper.

Authorities told reporters that Evans arrived at the restaurant around lunchtime. Soon after, at 11:46 a.m., someone inside called police to report that he was acting suspiciously, The Washington Post reported.

Police responded and that's when Evans allegedly shot one deputy and then took off.

"I think the suspect took that action because he was wearing a police uniform," Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler told The Post and other reporters. "He certainly targeted him."

A second deputy spotted Evans near the restaurant and the suspect fired a fatal shot. Two other deputies responding to the scene then shot the gunman, Gahler said.

WBAL Radio reported that one of the injured deputies was taken to the University of Maryland Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air, while the second was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Both ultimately died from their injuries.

"Today is a sad day for the Harford County sheriff's office and the citizens of Harford County, who we are sworn to serve," Gahler told reporters Wednesday afternoon. "It is with great sadness that I tell you both deputies who were shot earlier today have succumbed to their injuries."

According to The Baltimore Sun, Evans was wanted in Florida for an alleged reckless-driving incident last April that he missed a court date for. Harford County executive Barry Glassman described the suspect as a community "outsider."

"What little we know of the suspect is that it looks like he was somewhat of a vagrant, someone who moved around a lot," Glassman told the newspaper. "Whether you're serving a summons or warrant, a guy like that, who has a pistol on his body in a public place and is willing to go outside and shoot an officer, is a risk to all us."

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