Police warn of unauthorized fundraisers for detectives
BALTIMORE (AP) — Police in Maryland say the families of two detectives recently shot in the line of duty have not authorized any online fundraisers on the website GoFundMe, even though several pages on the site claim to benefit the officers.
“We want the public to know that the families of our two injured Detectives have not authorized any of these efforts, nor has the Anne Arundel County Police Department,” the department said in a statement Saturday.
The Capital newspaper reports that police said they would share any authorized fundraiser through their official social media channels if the families request that kind of support.
Detectives Scott Ballard and Ian Preece were wounded Wednesday while investigating a homicide.
Ballard has been with the department for 21 years, while Preece is a 13-year veteran of the department.
Joseph Willis, 22, of Pasadena, has been charged in the shootings of the detectives and in the killing of Christopher Lawrence Jones, 44.