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Suspect Arrested for Threatening to Kill MSP Troopers from Centreville Barrack

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STEVENSVILLE, Md.- Two Maryland State Police troopers are receiving accolades for their courageous actions in dealing with a suspect who police say drove a truck at them and threatened to kill them.

According to the Maryland State Police, Trooper Houseman and Trooper Bruzzese of the Centreville Barrack were called to the 200 block of State Street in Stevensville around 10 p.m. Friday for a report of a disorderly person threatening to kill his girlfriend. When the troopers arrived, they identified the suspect as 28-year-old Cody Holtman who lived there.

Police said Holtman started to scream at the troopers and got into a pickup truck, despite their orders to get out. Instead, Holtman drove toward the troopers, forcing them to jump out of the way to avoid getting hit, according to police. Then they said Holtman got out of the truck and continued to disobey the troopers.

According to police, when Trooper Bruzzese tried to arrest the suspect, Holtman started to hit and kick both troopers, leading to a violent struggle. Finally they were able to handcuff the suspect, as he threatened to kill the arresting trooper and members of his family.

Police said both troopers were scratched and cut during the struggle; Trooper Bruzzese even had bite marks on his arm, and his uniform shirt was torn off. Holtman was treated at the scene for a bruise above his eye but refused further medical assistance, according to police.

“I commend Trooper Bruzzese and Trooper Houseman for their courageous actions while dealing with someone who was threatening murder and, through a variety of ways, attempted to seriously injure them,” the commander of the Centreville Barrack, Lt. Tim McDonald, said. “Despite the threats and personal assaults, these troopers used their training to attempt to diffuse a situation before having to defend themselves while arresting an aggressive and menacing suspect.”

After his arrest, Holtman was charged with two counts each of first-degree assault, second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, threatening injury to a state official, reckless endangerment, malicious destruction of property, failure to obey a lawful order, and one count each of second degree assault, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. Police said bail was set at $325,000.

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