On 02/14/2010, at approximately 0534 hours officers from the Frederick Police Department responded to a report of a domestic incident within the city. While actively investigating the domestic officers received an additional report of shots being fired at passing vehicles in the area of Himes Avenue and Jefferson Pike. Officers arrived on scene and made contact with a male subject who was on foot on Himes Avenue believed to be the husband involved from the earlier domestic and involved in the shots fired call. Once on scene officers confronted a man armed with a firearm, at which time shots were fired and the man was struck. He has been transported to an area hospital where he is being treated for gun shots wounds.
The names of the officers involved in this incident are not being released at this time. The incident is currently under investigation and when further information is available it release it by press release.
The Frederick Police Department is currently conducting an investigation into the shooting that occurred on Himes Avenue at Ellison Ct. It has been determined that two on duty uniformed patrol officers were involved in the shooting resulting in the death of Patrick John Fischer II, age 27, of Frederick. Both officers have been placed on Administrative leave. This action is in accordance with Department General Orders and is standard procedure.
As mentioned in the previous release, officers confronted Fischer, who was armed with a sawed off semi-automatic rifle. Officers gave several commands for Fischer to drop the firearm. Instead, Fischer pointed the firearm at officers on the scene. At this point, shots were fired and Fischer was struck several times. Officers immediately began performing first aid until EMS arrived. Fischer was transported to Frederick Memorial Hospital where he later died of his injuries. An autopsy will be performed on February 15th at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore.
The Frederick Police Department is conducting an in-depth investigation into the incident in cooperation with the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office.
To clarify earlier information, it has been determined that Fischer shot at a vehicle driving through the area, striking the vehicle and the driver, minutes before the confrontation with the officers. The injuries to the driver were non-life threatening.
The officers involved in the incident have been identified as follows:
Officer Kenneth Mogle, a 2 year veteran
Officer Charles Lawson, a 7 year veteran
Both officers are currently assigned to the Patrol Division.