Harford County Liquor Control Board to investigate event held at American Legion post near where fatal shooting took place Sunday


The Aegis is reporting on the online site (www.exploreharford.com) that Bel Air Police Chief Leo Matrangola has filed a complaint with the Harford County Liquor Control Board about alcohol being served at a private party held at the American Legion Post 55 on Bond Street in downtown Bel Air prior to the fatal shooting that took place in a rear parking lot there early Sunday morning. The story says the board will investigate his complaint. Matrangola told The Aegis that it’s unclear whether the shooting victims, Derrick Maxey Jr., 25, of Aberdeen, who died at the scene and an unidentified 15-year-old Edgewood girl who was shot in the leg and remains hospitalized, attended the party inside the legion post. But the incident will cause police to step up their monitoring of what Matrangola described as “non-sanctioned” events. According to the story, the American Legion Post 55 has a Class C1 liquor license that does not permit a promoter to advertise and conduct an event that involves the distribution of alcohol under that license, which is what happened that night.

“This was an isolated case where someone had a non-sanctioned event that drew people from outside the Bel Air Community and things escalated,” Matrangola said.

No arrests have yet been made in the case.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Det. Bradley Helm at 410-638-4500 or Corp. Ruszala at 410-836-5429.

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