BALTIMORE—A three-week manhunt for fugitive Roy McGrath ended Monday evening in Tennessee after former chief of staff to former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan was shot and killed during an encounter with law enforcement agents, McGrath’s attorney, Joseph Murtha, said.
“The FBI has confirmed Roy’s death,” Murthy said. “It’s a sad end to the last three weeks of uncertainty. I think it’s important to emphasize that Roy has never wavered about his innocence.”
According to the FBI, McGrath was found near Knoxville, Tennessee.
The FBI said it was reviewing an “agent-involved shooting” involving McGrath, who was taken to the hospital with injuries, around 6:30 p.m. Our media partners with the Baltimore Banner are reporting that McGrath was pronounced dead at the hospital.
“The FBI takes all shootings involving our agents or task force members seriously,” the FBI said in a statement. “In accordance with FBI policy, the shooting remains under investigation by the FBI’s Investigative Division.”
It is not known how officers found McGrath.
McGrath, considered a fugitive by U.S. Marshals after missing his federal fraud trial, has been on the run since March 13.
A $20,000 reward was offered for information leading to McGrath’s arrest.
McGrath is being investigated on federal charges stemming from his time running Maryland Environmental Services, a quasi-governmental agency that provides services such as wastewater management, composting and recycling.
Prosecutors said McGrath fraudulently received a $233,647 severance payment to take a job as Hogan’s chief of staff in 2020 and falsified a document showing the governor approved the payments.
He was accused of falsifying time tables while on vacation in Europe and stealing tuition money for classes at Harvard.
McGrath was indicted in October 2021 and faces a maximum of 100 years in federal prison for crimes that illegally registered former Governor Hogan and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from state government.
He was wanted on charges of non-appearance, fraud, embezzlement and falsifying records.
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