A car was found with 4 dead inside during the pursuit of the former officer

A car was found with 4 dead inside during the pursuit of the former officer

Cookiesville, Maryland Four people were found dead Thursday in a vehicle that matches the description of a vehicle linked to a former Maryland police officer accused of setting off with his daughters in Pennsylvania, authorities said.

Elena Russo, a spokeswoman for the Maryland State Police, said at a news conference that Pennsylvania State Police were trying to stop a vehicle that might be related to an accident in Baltimore County when they found the four.

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After the car crossed from Pennsylvania into Maryland, Russo said, it veered off the highway and hit a fence. She said Maryland soldiers surrounded the car and tried to contact the people inside.

“Our crisis negotiating team made several attempts to contact the occupants of the car,” Russo said. “After receiving no response and reduced visibility inside the vehicle due to a thick layer of smoke present in the interior of the vehicle, the police entered the passenger side.”

Troops found the driver and three people in the back seat, Russo said, adding that two of the three in the back seat are from Juveniles. She said that the four passengers were apparently shot, and three of them were announced dead at the scene.

One of the events, she said, was pronounced dead in a hospital in Hagerstown, Maryland.

Rousseau declined to identify the four victims because the family had not been notified and an investigation was underway. But she said the police believed they knew who the victims were.


“Investigators believe this incident may be related to two other incidents, one in Maryland and one in Pennsylvania,” she said.

Baltimore County Sheriff Melissa Hyatt said at a news conference in York, Pennsylvania, Thursday, that former Maryland County Sheriff’s Officer Robert Ficusa robbed and kidnapped a driver Wednesday afternoon in Cooksville. Hayat said the driver was later released unharmed.

Ficosa was carrying a gun and was accompanied by two young girls and the sergeant of the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Department. Police said Tia Bynum.

Police in York County, Pennsylvania, said Ficusa assaulted his estranged wife over a 24-hour period at her home there beginning Sunday, media outlets reported. Police said she ran away to contact authorities, but when they got to the house on Monday, Vicosa and the two girls, aged 7 and 6, had disappeared.

Police said investigators traced Vicosa’s phone at Bynum’s home, but they did not communicate. They said that when they got back to her house later, she was gone.


Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Kevin Gay said Ficusa was terminated in August and Bynum was suspended and stripped of police powers in connection with the situation. It did not explain how Vicosa and Penum were linked.

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