Dyonta Quarles, Jr., 20, Identified as Person Killed During Police Involved Shooting in Crofton

The Independent Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General has identified the decedent and involved officer in the fatal police-involved shooting that occurred on January 30th in Anne Arundel County.

On January 30, at approximately 4:05 a.m., officers with the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to the location after a woman called 911 to report that she was having a dispute with her adult son, and he would not let her leave the bedroom.

When officers arrived on scene, the 911 caller stated that she could not get to the front door and instructed officers to enter the house. Officers forced entry into the home and proceeded to an upstairs bedroom where the caller and son were located. Once inside, officers gave the son commands to get on the ground. When the officers attempted to place him in handcuffs, he began to assault them. During the altercation, an officer deployed their taser, but it did not take effect. An officer then discharged his department-issued firearm, striking the son. He was pronounced dead on scene. 

The discharging officer was injured and taken to an area hospital in serious but stable condition.  It is unclear what the current condition of the officer is.

The decedent is identified as 20-year-old Dyonta Quarles, Jr., of Crofton, Maryland. The involved officer has been identified as Police Officer First Class J. Ricci. He is a 3-year veteran of the Anne Arundel County Police Department and assigned to the Bureau of Patrol. Ricci has a total of 11 years of law-enforcement experience.