Officers save young boy, arrest drug dealer in accidental shooting incident (announced on Facebook on September 1st)

Officers recently were called to an apartment in the 8100 block of Washington Boulevard in Jessup for a report of an 8-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the leg. Upon arriving, PFCs Ron Wetherson and Matt Shiplett located the boy, who was bleeding heavily. They immediately rendered first aid, applying a tourniquet and bandages before the arrival of paramedics, and are credited with likely saving the boy’s life. The child was transported to the hospital where he underwent surgery. He is doing well and he continues to recover at home.

Responding officers learned that the boy’s mother was housesitting for an acquaintance who lived in the apartment, 34-year-old Branden Antwain Davis. Police investigated the circumstances of the accidental shooting and established probable cause for a search of Davis’ apartment. Officers located five guns that Davis was prohibited from possessing, along with suspected heroin, fentanyl, crystal meth, cocaine, MDMA, and marijuana in quantities indicative of distribution. Davis, who was not on-site, was later arrested. He is charged with 28 counts of weapon and drug violations and is being held without bond at the Howard County Detention Center.

Thank you to PFCs Wetherson, Shiplett, Jermaine Persaud; Cpl. Samuel Honablew (not pictured); and POs Regan Miller and Jordan Smith for their work that saved a child’s life and took drugs and illegally-owned guns off the street!

Scott E



  1. This is a wonderful reminder of why we should be honoring our police officers’ heroic efforts and diligence in investigations. I hope the boy recovers completely.

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