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Harford County deputies killed: What we know today

Less than a day after two Harford County Sheriff's Officers were killed in the line of duty, some questions remain about what transpired in a two-scene shooting in Abingdon.

Here are some of the things we know:

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1. The deputies were veterans of the force.

One had 30 years on the force and was signed to the courts services division, the other had served for 16 years and was assigned to the community services division. Sheriff Jeff Gahler did not identifiy the deputies on Wednesday.

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Gahler plans to address the media Thursday morning at the department's southern precinct in Edgewood.

2. There were at least two warrants out for the suspect.

David Brian Evans, 68, was wanted on a crimial warrant for allegedly assaulting a police officer in Florida, and a civil warrant issued in Harford County.

Gahler said the department has had previous encounters with Evans, but did not provide specifics.

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Harford County Executive Barry Glassman said Evans was an "outsider," not a member of the community.

"What little we know of the suspect is that it looks like he was somewhat of a vagrant, someone who moved around a lot," Glassman said. "Whether you're serving a summons or warrant, a guy like that, who has a pistol on his body in a public place and is willing to go outside and shoot an officer, is a risk to all us."

3. The incident was fast and unfolded at multiple scenes within walking distance of one another.

The incident unfolded in about 15 minutes, beginning just before noon in the 3400 block of Merchant Boulevard, officials said.

The Panera Bread location where the shooting began is only about three years old, part of a development project centered around a Wegman's with a few sites yet to be built.

One officer was shot there. The other officer was shot just a few hundred feet away, before two additional officers exchanged fire with the suspect, killing him.

4. The Panera Bread restaurant in Abingdon closed for the investigation.

A spokeswoman for Panera said the restaurant would remain closed during the investigation.

"Our thoughts and actions now are directed towards the victims and their families," the company said in a statement.

The nearby Wegman's, in a statement Wednesday, offered condolences to those involved. IT remained open.

5. Line of Duty deaths are particularly rare in Harford County.

They aren't common in Maryland, in general, but Wednesday's two deaths are historic for the Harford County Sheriff's Office. The deputies are believed to be the first in Harford killed by gunfire while on duty in more than a century.

Before Wednesday, the sheriff's office — which was established in 1774 — had lost just five deputies in the line of duty.

The sheriff's office, composed of roughly 300 sworn officers, suffered the back-to-back deaths in September 2012 of Cpl. Charles Barton Licato and Sgt. Ian A. Loughran.

Licato, 34, was killed in an early-morning crash along U.S. 1 near the Conowingo Dam. His car left the road, slid down an embankment, and hit a pole and two trees before catching fire in a ravine.

Loughran, 43, had mentored Licato. He suffered a heart attack at Licato's funeral.

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