Off-duty Baltimore police detective killed in crash

GLEN ARM, Md. - An off-duty Baltimore City police detective was killed in a single-car accident early Wednesday in Baltimore County.

According to Baltimore County police, the accident occurred around 1:50 a.m. at Glen Arm Road just north of Long Green Pike in Glen Arm. Police said a 2007 Jeep Wrangler driven by  Det. Shane Volk, 32, of Bel Air, was traveling northbound on Glen Arm Road.

The vehicle left the roadway, struck an embankment and then struck two mailboxes, according to a Baltimore County police news release. The driver was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The cause remains under investigation, and crash investigators have not yet determined if speed or alcohol were contributing factors, police said.

"This is tremendous loss to our police family.  Detective Volk was a well-liked, hard-working officer with a bright future both professionally and personally," said Baltimore  Police Commissioner Anthony Batts in a statement.  "This is particularly difficult because of the deep ties the Volk family has with the Baltimore Police - his father is a retired sergeant and his mother works with us in communications. Our heartfelt condolences are extended to the Volk's as we come together to support our extended family during this time of grief."

Volk, who was stationed in the Southern District, joined the department in September 2008. He served eight years as a Marine prior to joining the department  and served as a patrol member in the Eastern District and VCIS before becoming a detective last November.

"This is a heartbreaking tragedy for Detective Volk's family, for the members of the Baltimore Police Department, and for our city. Detective Volk was a dedicated officer who worked hard to protect and serve Baltimore's residents in the Southern District," said Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake in a statement. "My thoughts and prayers are with Detective Volk's family, friends, and coworkers, who are suffering a terrible loss. I ask that we join together to support his family during this difficult time."

Volk is survived by his wife and one child. Police also confirmed that Volk's wife was also pregnant with the couple's second child.


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