SMITHSBURG, Md. (WJZ) — Former Baltimore County police officer Robert Vicosa was found dead inside a vehicle recovered in Western Maryland, WJZ has learned from multiple sources.
He died from a gunshot wound, and he had been shot before police approached the vehicle, the sources said.
Ambulances left the scene without any rush.
Maryland State Police are taking over the investigation.
Following a crime spree across state lines, the vehicle Vicosa and Tia Bynum, a Baltimore County police sergeant, were believed to have been driving was surrounded by police in Smithsburg in Western Maryland early Thursday afternoon, WJZ has learned.
U.S. Marshals said the duo is believed to be traveling in a gray Ford Edge stolen from a man in Cockeysville on Wednesday. Aerial footage from Chopper 13 appears to show that vehicle surrounded by first-responder vehicles MD-418 at Ringgold Pike.
Pennsylvania State Police said the road will be closed for an extended time, all traffic should avoid the area. The public is not in any danger, police said.
Vicosa has been on the run since Monday after he allegedly attacked his estranged wife at the family’s Pennsylvania home, taking her captive and fleeing with the couple’s 6- and 7-year-old daughters, Aaminah and Gianna. Despite several sightings since then, Vicosa remained on the loose.
The former police officer, who was fired from the Baltimore County Police Department in August, faces several charges including kidnapping, armed carjacking, simple assault, and robbery, according to police.
Investigators believe Vicosa is getting assistance from Tia Bynum, a Baltimore County police sergeant and close friend who has been suspended from duty in response to her involvement in the case.
According to court documents reviewed by WJZ, Vicosa and Bynum hatched a plot over the weekend to terrorize Vicosa’s ex-wife inside her home. The pair tied up Vicosa’s ex-wife, drugged her, tied her up and left her in the house for hours, according to court documents. Both children were in the home at the time.
Vicosa and Bynum then took off with the girls, according to the court documents.
After executing a search warrant on Bynum’s home, police believe she lent Vicosa several vehicles, according to court documents.
Bynum, who is suspected of helping Vicosa elude police, is charged with false imprisonment.
She became part of the investigation after Vicosa’s phone was traced to her home. Police said Bynum was “less than forthcoming” during an interview Monday, and she would not let them search her home. When police returned to Bynum’s home Tuesday, they found she and her vehicle were gone.
The manhunt ended up in Maryland overnight, when an armed carjacking was reported in the Cockeysville area. Vicosa is suspected of carjacking a man at gunpoint and forcing the man to drive him around to places around the area before setting…