Anne Arundel County police have arrested a 30-year-old man for shooting an officer early Friday morning outside of a 7-Eleven store in Annapolis.
Police have charged Colvin Lamar White, of Annapolis, with attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, use of a firearm in felony/violent crime, handgun on person, regulated firearm/illegal possession, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
Police say the wounded officer came to the store on College Parkway East at around 2:20 a.m. Friday for a routine business check and responded a report by a witness about a suspicious person outside of the store.
Police say when the officer approached the suspicious man, there was a fight and a chase before the suspect shot the officer in the upper body. The suspect then fled the area.
The officer was taken to Shock Trauma at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore where he had several surgeries. He remains in critical condition.
In the hours that followed, dozens of police recruits, K-9s, SWAT teams and crime scene investigators searched for the suspect and clues on his identity and whereabouts.
Evidence led detectives to White as a person of interest. Police located him at around 9 a.m. in Severn, Md., and investigators eventually identified him as a suspect in the shooting.
"My primary focus has been the health and well-being of our officer," said Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare in a news release. "It was a cowardly act and I am proud of the men and women of this agency for coming together to identify and charge the person responsible."
White is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center.
Police say even though an arrest has been made, the case remains active and their investigation continues.
This is the first on-duty Anne Arundel County police officer who has been shot since 2008.