More Details Released About Monday’s Vehicle Chase, Shootout In Emmitsburg










The suspect who was  apprehended is being held without bond.



Frederick, Md (KM) The investigation continues into Monday’s vehicle chase and shootout in Emmitsburg.

Spokesman Todd Wivell with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office says at around 2:30 PM, deputies were notified by Pennsylvania State Police that troopers and officers from the New Cumberland Township Police were chasing a vehicle and were crossing into Maryland. One of the occupants, identified as David Robert Leatherman, is wanted for an attempted murder in Hanover, Pennsylvania.

Wivell says the vehicle went into Thurmont and then went back on to Route 15 north in the direction of Emmitsburg. “As they were in pursuit, one of the Cumberland Township Police Officers tried to use his vehicle to slow them down  They fired shots, rendering his vehicle disabled on the side of Route 15 by Mount Saint Mary’s University,” says Wivell.  The officer was not hurt.

The suspect vehicle crashed along Route 15 near  Route 140. . Leatherman and the other occupant, identified as Bryan Paul Selmer, fled.

Leatherman was confronted by a sheriff’s deputy and a Pennsylvania State Trooper at the Emmet Gardens housing area. “They both tried to stop him and arrest him. Shots were fired and engaged between Leatherman and the officers. Leatherman was not hurt, was not injured. The officers were not hurt or injured. He was apprehended,” Wivell says.

Selmer was located between the Exxon station and the McDonald’s restaurant on Silo Hill Parkway. “There, as he was approaching the Exxon, he did an abrupt turn, facing the officers, put his hand in the position of a weapon, went into the prone position like he was going to fire. Then officers  fired upon him, striking him. We do not know how many times,” WIvell says.

Deputies rendered first aid and Selmer was medivaced to Shock Trauma, where he died.

Wivell says at this time, it’s not know if Selmer had a weapon. That remains under investigation.

Anyone who have may witnessed these incidents is asked to contact Detective Bryce McGuire at the Sheriff’s Office at 301-600-3934, or call the Tip Line at 301-600-4131. Callers can remain anonymous.

At a bond hearing on Tuesday in Frederick County District Court, Leatherman was ordered held without  bond.


By Kevin McManus