A Howard County deputy who was off duty was fatally shot after an altercation at a pub in Baltimore on Thursday night, as confirmed by the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.
The man has been identified as Ryan Demby.
Who was Ryan Demby?
Ryan Demby was 23 years old. He was an off-duty officer at the time of the incident, according to a statement posted on social media by the Howard County Sheriff’s Office. The event started after a fight at a bar, according to the department.
In March of this year, Demby took his oath to serve as a deputy. During that time, the sheriff’s office tweeted about the deputy’s father, Sam Demby, who is a deputy himself and helped his son graduate from the academy.
Just after midnight, police were called to the 1100 block of Charles Street in Baltimore’s Federal Hill neighborhood where they found a 23-year-old victim suffering from several gunshot wounds.
According to the police statement, Ryan Demby was quickly taken to Shock Trauma, where he was later declared dead. The investigation’s initial conclusions suggest that there was a verbal argument before the shooting incident, which happened outside Mother’s Federal Hill Grille.
According to a person with knowledge of the incident, several Orioles players were in the area at the time of the shooting, celebrating the team’s win in securing the AL East at a pub on East Cross Street. While South Charles Street police dealt with the matter and made sure everyone was secure, the players stayed inside.
The department condoled Demby’s death in a tweet, “The Howard County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the shocking and tragic loss of an off-duty deputy who was shot and killed in Baltimore last night. Our hearts are broken for the Demby family, Ryan’s friends and colleagues, and our entire sheriff’s office family. We will continue to keep our community updated and are grateful for your support during this difficult time.”