Trooper Gregg Alexander Presbury

Trooper Gregg Alexander Presbury

Maryland State Police, Maryland

End of Watch Saturday, December 17, 1977

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Gregg Alexander Presbury

Trooper Gregg Presbury succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained while conducting a traffic stop on Route 3, near the intersection with Route 100 in Glen Burnie, five days earlier.

During the traffic stop, Trooper Presbury radioed for backup. Before backup arrived the suspect shot the trooper. Despite being wounded he was able to return fire and wounded the suspect.

A passing motorist used the trooper's radio to report the shooting and was able to give a description of the suspect. The suspect, a paroled felon, was taken into custody and charged with Trooper Presbury's murder.

The suspect was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life on October 19, 1978. His conviction was overturned and he was awarded a new trial. He was again convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life plus 15 years on June 25, 1980.

Trooper Presbury had served with the Maryland State Police for 17 months. He is survived by his wife and child.


  • Age 27
  • Tour 1 year, 4 months
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Monday, December 12, 1977
  • Weapon Handgun; .45 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

traffic stop

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I was honorably discharged from the Marine Corps in 1976, I was 23 years old at the time. I secured a job as a Deputy Sheriff at the Anne Arundel Co. Sheriffs Dept. I am an African American male 6'2 tall. I transported the shooter of Troop Presbury. I believe I had some resemblance to Greg at that time. I recall the way his shooter looked at me. At first, it was disbelief as if seeing a ghost. After his shock subsided there was a look of hatred. I read it very well. I knew that if he had the chance my fate would be the same as Trooper Presbury. I knew at that moment this man was guilty. I have long since left the Dept but I write this because after all these years the look on his face is still fresh in my mind. I extend my condolence to Trooper Presburys wife and family. Thank you, Greg

Deputy Sheriff Cleveland McDowney
Anne Arundel Co Sheriff Dept

June 20, 2019

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