Trooper First Class Shaft S. Hunter Maryland State Police, Maryland EoW: Saturday, May 21, 2011 State Police, Maryland

Trooper First Class
Shaft S. Hunter

Maryland State Police, Maryland
End of Watch: Saturday, May 21, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 39
Tour of Duty: 11 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Vehicle pursuit
Date of Incident: May 21, 2011
Weapon Used: Automobile; Motorcycle
Suspect Info: Not available

Agency Contact Information

Maryland State Police
1201 Reisterstown Road
Pikesville, MD 21208
Phone: (410) 486-3101

Trooper Shaft Hunter was killed when his patrol car collided with the back of a tractor trailer that was parked on the shoulder of I-95 in Howard County at approximately 2:40 am. It is believed that he was pursuing a speeding motorcycle when the collision occurred.
Trooper Hunter had served with the Maryland State Police for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and six children.


A Maryland State Police trooper died early Saturday on Interstate 95 in Howard County after his cruiser struck a tractor-trailer parked on the highway’s shoulder, police said.

Trooper 1st Class Shaft S. Hunter, 39, an 11-year police veteran and father of six children ages 4 to 19, died at the scene in the southbound lanes of I-95 near the Laurel rest area, police said. Southbound I-95 was closed for about six hours after the 2:40 a.m. crash.

Police said a witness saw the trooper following a speeding motorcycle moments before he crashed into the back of the tractor-trailer parked near the entrance ramp of the rest area.

The truck driver, Albert Sandino, 46, of California was not injured. He had been parked for about 15 minutes as he checked for directions, police said. Sandino was pulling a trailer of household bleach from Aberdeen, Md., to Virginia, police said.

No citations have been issued, but the investigation is continuing, said police spokeswoman Elena Russo. The motorcycle rider, described only as wearing a white helmet, has not been located, she said.

Hunter, who lived in Baltimore County, worked out of the state police barracks in Jessup and had been a captain in the Marine Corps, police said. His death, which came at the end of National Police Week honoring fallen officers, marked the 43rd Maryland State Police official killed in the line of duty.

Col. Terrence B. Sheridan, superintendent of the Maryland State Police, called Hunter “an outstanding trooper who was known for his dedication to duty.”


2 Responses to “Trooper First Class Shaft S. Hunter Maryland State Police, Maryland EoW: Saturday, May 21, 2011”

  1. 1 Steven Clapp May 22, 2011 at 01:04

    TFC Hunter was a good friend.. A great neighbor everyone felt safer with him in the area we loved..He was there when u needed him and always was a class act great example of everything a law enforcement officer should be… I shall miss you my friend Rest in Peace…

  2. 2 Jackie, NY March 17, 2012 at 10:24

    Boo, I’m so sorry for your loss, please hug the “kids” for me. He was a great Dad and Husband. I remember visiting you two at the base I extend my sympathy to his parents as well

    Love, Jackie, NY, CT

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