Howard police probe officers involved in alleged beating of suspect

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News,Crime,Therese Umerlik
Howard Police Chief William McMahon on Thursday has called for an internal investigation into the actions of at least two officers caught on video kicking and punching a suspect after a high-speed chase through Columbia.

“I have watched the video, and I am concerned,” he said.


“Even though this suspect put innocent lives at risk on the road, I always want my officers to meet the highest possible standards.”

The chase began around 12:55 p.m. at Dorsey Run and Patuxent Range roads in Jessup when officers attempted to stop Stephen Zombro, 40, who was wanted on an open warrant for theft.  


Zombro, who was under police surveillance for suspected criminal activity, fled in a white Ford pickup on eastbound Route 32, while weaving between lanes and nearly striking several other cars, police said.

Police deployed stop-sticks multiple times on Route 32 near Route 29 and flattened three of the truck’s tires.

Zombro’s truck veered onto the grassy median and struck an officer’s vehicle before coming to a stop on eastbound Route 32 in Columbia, police said.

Several media outlets caught the scene on video in which at least two officers are seen beating Zombro as he lay on the ground after bailing out of the car.

The videos prompted an internal police investigation to review police actions during the arrest.

Zombro was taken to Howard County General Hospital and appeared to have no serious injuries, police said.

One police officer sustained minor injuries when Zombro’s car struck his police car. That officer also was taken to Howard County General Hospital.

Zombro is facing charges of fleeing and eluding police, assaulting law enforcement officers, possession of heroin and crack cocaine and reckless endangerment.

The officers’ names were not released.
cpeirce@baltimoreexaminer.com
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