Md. sheriff’s deputy wounded by shotgun blast improves

WASHINGTON — A Queen Anne’s County sheriff’s deputy is improving after he was critically wounded Thursday by a shotgun blast while responding to a domestic violence call on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Deputy Warren Hogan, 32, is now listed in serious condition, the Queen Anne’s County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post Friday afternoon.

On Thursday, doctors at the University of Maryland R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center said Hogan had suffered a “devastating injury” from the close-range shotgun blast.

Hogan was accompanying a Chestertown, Maryland, woman who had reported a domestic violence incident to her house to retrieve some belongings when authorities say her boyfriend, 52-year-old James Rich, opened fire on the deputy.

Hogan returned fire, wounding Rich who was pronounced dead at a hospital, the sheriff’s office said.

Hogan was wearing a body camera, according to authorities.

The Queen Ane’s County Fraternal Order of Police has launched a $10,000 GoFundMe campaign to support Hogan and his family during his recovery.

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