Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney Wes Adams announced today that Colvin White, 31, of Annapolis, pled guilty to Attempted First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence for the April 2015 shooting of Anne Arundel County Police Officer Corporal Larry Adams. Mr. White faces life in prison. State’s Attorney Adams released the following statement regarding the plea:
“We ask police officers to put themselves in harm’s way every day and on April 10th, 2015 in the span of about 5 minutes, Corporal Larry Adams went from simply doing his job serving our citizens, to protecting one of our local businesses, to fighting for his life after being ambushed and shot by Colvin White. I am thankful that Officer Adams continues his path of recovery. Today’s guilty plea to Attempted First Degree Murder and Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Crime of Violence sends a strong message to those who wish our police officers harm. It is not acceptable and we will hold you accountable for your actions. This plea is the result of an incredible effort by the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the State’s Attorney Office. I wish to thank Anne Arundel County Police Chief Tim Altomare for his continued professionalism and commitment to the community.”
At approximately 2am on April 10th 2015, Officer Larry Adams was on a routine patrol when he encountered a van on the side of the road. Concerned for their safety, he approached the passenger, Danielle Blake, 30, of Severn, who was the lone occupant at the time. Ms. Blake stated that their van had run out of gas and the driver had gone into the East College Parkway 7-Eleven nearby. Intending to give the driver $5.00 for gas, Officer Adams parked at the 7-Eleven where an employee alerted him to a suspicious man outside the store. Investigators believed that Mr. White was planning to rob the store.
Officer Adams encountered Mr. White lurking in a hoodie and dark clothing in the shadows beside the store. Upon asking for Mr. White’s identification, a scuffle ensued. After Mr. White pushed Officer Adams away, a chase ensued. Instead of running to the van and driving away, Mr. White hid in the tree line and ambushed Officer Adams shooting his gun twice, hitting the officer once in the neck, before fleeing the scene. Officers who arrived on location, found Officer Adams in the street with life-threatening injuries; he was flown to University of Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore where doctors were able to save his life. Before Officer Adams approached Mr. White, the policeman had run a check on the vehicle which led officers to eventually locate Ms. Blake and Mr. White. Ms. Blake pled guilty in October of serving as accessory-after-the-fact in the shooting and to transporting a handgun in a vehicle as part of a plea agreement.
Sentencing for Mr. White is to be determined and will be announced on the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Twitter page once a date is set. Sentencing for Ms. Blake is currently scheduled for May 4th.
State’s Attorney Wes Adams and Deputy State’s Attorney Jonathan Church prosecuted the case on behalf of the State. Judge William C. Mulford presided over the case.