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State police: Maryland man facing multiple charges after shootout with troopers

Ron Musselman
York Dispatch
Gregory Michael Kalinyak

A Maryland man is facing multiple charges after a shootout with troopers during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning near the York County and Adams County line.

Gregory Michael Kalinyak, 51, of Gaithersburg, Maryland, fled the scene on foot, but he was later located and taken into custody without further incident, state police said.

"There were no injuries, thank goodness," state police spokesperson Megan Ammerman said Wednesday.

Kalinyak is charged with felony counts of first-degree attempted murder of a police officer and aggravated assault, and misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and fleeing or attempting to elude an officer, according to online court records.  

Bail was denied, and Kalinyak must undergo a mental health evaluation. He is in York County Prison and has a preliminary hearing set for Oct. 5 before District Judge Richard T. Thomas.

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State police at the Gettysburg station were contacted Tuesday by the Montgomery County, Maryland, sheriff’s department requesting a welfare check on Kalinyak. He reportedly left his house in Maryland with a handgun and was suicidal. His vehicle was reported to be traveling north on Route 15 in Adams County, according to a state police news release. 

At 12:09 a.m. Wednesday, troopers saw Kalinyak’s 2019 Chevrolet truck and tried to initiate a traffic stop. A pursuit ensued in both the northbound and southbound lanes. After spike strips were deployed, the vehicle stopped at mile marker 27.7 in Franklin Township, York County, state police said.

As Kalinyak exited his truck, he began shooting at troopers and struck a patrol unit. The troopers returned gunfire, with Kalinyak running into a heavily wooded area, the release said. 

Multiple state and local police departments helped locate Kalinyak, who was taken into custody around 2:13 a.m.

Route 15 was closed in both directions for hours between Latimore Valley Road and County Line Road in Latimore Township, Adams County, and at Franklin Church Road in Franklin Township, York County, but has since reopened.

— Ron Musselman can be reached at rmusselman@yorkdispatch.com or via Twitter at @ronmusselman8.