Jefferson Co. deputies honor Md. officers

June 01, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Two Anne Arundel County, Md. police officers were honored recently for subduing a suspect in a shooting last summer at the KOA campgrounds near Harpers Ferry.Anne Arundel County Police Department officers Timothy Utzig and Andrew Albach were off duty when the shooting occurred about 1:15 p.m. at the campgrounds, which is near the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park Visitor Center across from Bolivar Heights.

A man approached another man who was camping next to him and asked where he was from, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department deputies said. After the man told him where he was from, the first man shot the man in the foot with a shotgun, deputies said.

Utzig was walking to a bathhouse when he heard a bang, deputies said.

Utzig looked around and saw the shooting victim, Mihailo Zuber of Rockville, Md., hopping on one foot, deputies said.

Utzig and Albach then saw the suspect standing near a van and putting a gun in the back seat, deputies said.


Utzig and Albach subdued the suspect and held him until local police arrived, deputies said.

At the time, Utzig and Albach were praised for their quick thinking.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department decided to give Utzig and Albach the department's Medal of Honor for their response to the shooting.

Utzig and Albach were given the awards during a Feb. 22 ceremony at the Crab Shanty in Ellicott City, Md., said Cpl. Tom Hansen.

- Dave McMillion

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