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Teen Killed by Frederick Sheriff's Deputies Serving Howard County Warrant

Deputies were serving a warrant related to a Jan. 8 home invasion in Mt. Airy, in western Howard County.

Frederick County sheriff's deputies shot and killed 19-year-old Daniel Vail on Thursday morning while serving a warrant related to a Howard County home invasion in Mt. Airy, according to a police account.

The deputies were assisting Howard County Police who had issued a warrant for Vail, of Mt. Airy, who was suspected to be involved with a Jan. 8 home invasion in Mt. Airy.

The Jan. 8 home invasion, which occurred in the Howard County portion of Mt. Airy, involved three masked men, armed with a baseball bat and a shotgun, who demanded money from two male victims at a residence near the 600 block of Long Corner Road, according to Howard County police. No one was injured during the home invasion, but police believe the incident may be drug related, although they would not elaborate on Thursday.

Frederick County deputies were asked to assist in serving the search warrant because Vail lived in the Fredrick County portion of Mt. Airy.

Around 1 a.m. on Thursday morning, the Frederick County Sheriff's Office Special Service Team used a flash bang while announcing "Sheriff's Office" to enter Vail's apartment, near the 4800 block of Westwind Drive,  police said.

While entering a room in the residence, deputies observed a man, who was later identified as Vail, pointing a shotgun at them, police said. The deputies reportedly told Vail to put the gun down, but he did not. It was at that point two deputies fired numerous rounds from their handguns, killing Vail, according to police.

Vail's mother, 46, who police did not name, was in the apartment at the time and was taken into custody, interviewed and then later released, police said.

The two Frederick County officers involved in the shooting were Dfc. Charles Zang, a 15-year veteran, and Dfc. Kevin Riffle, a 7-year veteran. Both deputies were placed on leave as part of normal agency policy, according to the Frederick sheriff's office.

No Howard County police officers made entry into the residence during the incident, although a detective was stationed outside, according to Howard County police spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn.

The incident is currently under investigation, according to police.

Llewellyn said Howard County Police are continuing their investigation into the two other suspects allegedly involved in the Jan. 8 home invasion.

william bittner January 10, 2013 at 10:10 PM
Another home invader off the streets. job well done sheriff deputies
k January 11, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Problem solved! At least he won't be participating in any more home invasions.
EmilySC January 11, 2013 at 04:04 PM
I know "19" is still in the teens, but I don't think a 19 year old MAN should be referred to as a "teen".
Keith B. January 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM
He became a grown man when he slid a ski mask over his face and pointed his shotgun at the victums and then Police. Glad to read he won't get the opportunity to do it again and that the officers involved went home to their families. Outstanding job and another gun off the streets. Keep us informed of the other two suspects status as they are still out here somewhere. Would be such a shame if they were to meet the same fate. Gettin fed up with paying to feed and house the scurge of our society.
C Mulherin January 13, 2013 at 06:17 AM
Funny suspect doesn't mean guilty. He was at work all day and no one could be bothered to pick him up. Instead they chose to flash bomb his residence break down the door and open fire at 1:00 am. He had no prior history of violence and no convictions hope all of you who are ready to make judgement are in a place to do so. Instead I feel the system failed on many levels. If someone says its your voice even though they don't see your face and that allows police to act in this manner then we are all in trouble.
C Mulherin January 13, 2013 at 06:19 AM
Suspects does not mean guilt hope you have a son you hold a little closer tonight
Keith B. January 13, 2013 at 08:09 PM
And your entitled to your opinion. He did speak and understand english right? What part of Police! Police! Police! Police! did he mistake for some other language, and I suppose the fact a shotgun was used during the violent crime was just a coincidemce that he aimed a "shotgun" at Police that repeatedly identified themselves as Police. I stand by my opinion. No place in our society for Voilent Criminals, good thing I'm not a Circuit Court Judge, I'd burry them all in Prison...
Ryan January 14, 2013 at 03:50 PM
I couldn't agree with Keith more. Something tells me that when you hear Police yelled repeatedly and they tell you to drop your gun that you should do so. What would you suggest the police do instead, wait till he shoots? He may not have had a "history" of violence but what about what he was charged with? Sounds like a violent criminal to me. Sorry, he got what we deserved IMO.
Rodolfo Arriaga January 14, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Being a suspect does not make you guilty. Some individuals on this blog have made an asinine assumption about the 19 year old individual that was killed. While it may be seen as being a better time to act because everyone is normally asleep at 1:00 AM. These late night police home invasions to serve a search warrant appear to result in the death of someone in the home. If you are one of the individuals cheering this killing, how would respond to having your front door kicked in at 1;00 AM in the morning? I hope you never have the misfortune of finding out.
Bob dude January 16, 2013 at 02:34 PM
He was trying to rob back his own damn money that was stolen from him in the first place. No one knows the full story.
Keith B. January 16, 2013 at 07:42 PM
BOB, ARE YOU KIDDING!!! "He was trying to 'rob' his own damn money that was stolen from him." I stand by my opinion that much more, thank you for writing in Bob. No place in our society for Violent Criminals, good thing I'm not a Circuit Court Judge, I'd bury them all in Prison... He took the law into his own hands. I suppose you would have had pity on the person he held a shotgun on had the gun gone off. He stole your friends money so he deserved to get shot at point blank range wit a "shotgun". You reap what you sow, or look at it as Karma at work. Hats off to the officers who were just doing their job and have to cope with what your friend made them do when "he" pointed a loaded shotgun at them.
kelly January 18, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I know this kid he was a good kid believe me there was no need for the police to shoot him 16times knowing him and his family why at 2;30 in the morning this kids mother would have brought him in as a suspect again the over kill of the police shooting him 16times is unexcauseable.If you had been robbed previously and it was just you and your mom at 2;30 in the morning still asleep maybe you should think before you judge
kelly January 18, 2013 at 04:07 PM
keith we don't even know if of the 3 people he was the one carring the rifel. no artical ever said he was the one carring the gun.
Ryan January 23, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Check out the update posted today. He aimed the gun at the officers and had one in the chamber. Sorry, he deserved to get shot as many times as he did.
Mary O. January 23, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Ryan and Keith you might want to get off you high horses and wait until the investigation is finished, you might be surprised at the outcome. And to Kelly, BINGO! There hasn't been one article to say that the three masked men were positively identified. They thought one of them sounded like Daniel, they didn't say it was Daniel. So Ryan and Keith, I will leave you with this thought, have you ever received a phone call or made a phone call when you thought the voice on the other end of the phone belonged to some one else? Only to realize that it was a different person? God knows what truly happened in the home invasion case and the police shooting, that is all that matters.
Mary O. January 23, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Oh, and the reason for my post....We are innocent until proven guilty in this country. No need for the police to do what they did...they could have picked him up at his job or when he left his house at anytime, OR maybe they could have picked up the phone and called him in to question him. All of this happened because someone SAID it sounded like this young man.
dascrilla February 15, 2013 at 08:02 AM
Who knows...? What a great way to get a victim to yield to you by yelling POLICE! POLICE! Regardless if the word police is being yelled, if my house was broken into, I'd instinctively want to protect myself.Its just like being pulled over by an u.c. You don't know if it's actually a cop. If dude did what he did then he deserves it, but i agree popo should def not be breaking into house in the middle of the night
Keith B. February 15, 2013 at 12:40 PM
"He was trying to rob back his own damn money that was stolen from him in the first place. No one knows the full story." Enough said Mary O.
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