Art McGuire, 72, who’s lived on Washington Road for 24 years, found two puncture marks in his year-old van. On Tuesday it was propped up on a jack, the punctured tire lifted off the ground.
Art McGuire, 72, who’s lived on Washington Road for 24 years, found two puncture marks in his year-old van. On Tuesday it was propped up on a jack, the punctured tire lifted off the ground. (Alex Mann / Carroll County Times)

Westminster police have cleared the majority of malicious destruction of property cases reported between March 8 and March 11, confirming the suspect as the man shot and killed by a Maryland State trooper on Monday morning.

After identifying the suspect by reviewing surveillance footage, police resolved 29 of the 33 reports of vehicle damage — ranging from slashed tires to broken windows — they had received as of Wednesday, said Lt. Jeff Schuster of the Westminster Police Department.

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Westminster police said they confirmed Michael J. D’Angelo was the man responsible for 29 incidents of vehicle damage. D’Angelo, who was 34 and lived in Westminster, died after a fatal encounter with a Maryland State Police trooper on Monday.

Maryland State Police said Trooper First Class Tyler Michael was responding to a report of destruction of property Monday morning when he encountered a man at about 8 a.m. near Washington Road and Stoner Avenue in Westminster. A struggle ensued, D’Angelo stabbed the trooper and the trooper shot and killed him, police say.

Westminster shooting first in several years for law enforcement in Carroll County

A fatal encounter in Westminster on Monday morning was notable not only for the seriousness of the outcome, but also for how infrequently such incidents occur in Carroll County.

Westminster police in a media release Friday said D’Angelo’s family told police D’Angelo suffered from mental illness.

“Mr. D’Angelo’s family has requested that police inform the public that Michael had a long history of suffering from mental illness,” the release details.

As of Wednesday, the Westminster Police Department had fielded 33 reports of property destruction since Saturday evening, Schuster said. Many of the property destruction reports were filed after the shooting, but the damage in all the reports was done between the evening of Friday, March 8 and the morning of Monday, March 11.

Westminster police investigating dozens of reports of property destruction to vehicles

Carroll County law enforcement agencies are working to determine the cause of numerous reports of destruction of property leading up to and after Monday’s deadly encounter between a trooper and a Westminster man.

The Carroll County Sheriff’s Office detailed Wednesday that it fielded six reports of destruction of property in the area near where the fatal shooting occurred. Maryland State Police said they fielded one call for destruction of property.

“The Sheriff’s Office took three reports Monday that would have normally been taken by our barrack, but the deputies were covering our calls in the area that day following the shooting,” Greg Shipley, state police spokesman, wrote in an email to the Times.

Westminster police detectives, according to a media release Friday, confirmed D’Angelo was responsible for reports of vehicle damage on East Main Street, East Green Street, Carroll View Avenue, North Court Street, South Bishop Street and Baldwin Park Drive.

Reported vehicle damage included broken windshield wipers, mirrors, antennas and slashed tires, the release details.

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