Off-Duty Police Officer Commits Suicide After Chase on Route 50

EASTON, MD – An off-duty Montgomery County police officer ended his own life after a traffic stop and police chase which ended near the Easton airport.  The Star Democrat reports that Jed R. Bylsma, 30, of Gettysburg, PA was stopped by a Maryland state trooper near Skipton Creek early Monday morning.  The trooper suspected that Bylsma was driving under the influence.  When he returned to his car to call for back-up, Bylsma fled the scene, heading east on US 50.

Maryland State Police deployed stop sticks near the Easton Airport.  Bylsma’s car came to a stop in a ditch.  The police found Bylsma in his car, dead from an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

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