—– By: Ann Costantino —–
Middle River, Maryland – A former top official for Howard County Public Schools and at least two family members were arrested on May 20, on multiple charges including assaulting two Baltimore County police officers.
Beverly Jean Davis, 53, of Middle River, a former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the school system, was arrested on nine charges including disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and a combination of first and second degree assault charges, including two counts of assault on a law enforcement official, as well as her husband.
Gary William Davis, 54, Mrs. Davis’ husband, was also charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and six counts of second degree assault, including two against a law enforcement officer. At the time of the his arrest, Mr. Davis worked as a construction manager for Howard County Public Schools.
The Davis’ son, Scott Anthony Davis, 30, was charged with eight similar charges.
A fourth person – a juvenile – was also arrested and charged.
On May 20, at approximately 8:30pm, officers were called to the Davis’ Dogwood Drive, Middle River residence.
Officers initially reported no disturbance at the Davis home, but were soon met by Mrs. Davis who confronted them after walking up from a pier located behind the residence. The family was hosting a gathering at the time.
Corporal Shawn Vinson, a spokesperson for the Baltimore County Police Department (BCPD), told The Baltimore Post that, at that point, Mrs. Davis became confrontational and aggressive toward the officers.
Gary Davis then attempted to intercede to stop the escalating confrontation between his wife and the officers, but was immediately assaulted by his wife, Mrs. Davis, in front of them.
A male officer then attempted to stop the assault on Mr. Davis and put Mrs. Davis under arrest at which point Mr. Davis attacked the arresting officer, putting the officer in a chokehold until he lost consciousness.
The Davis’ son, Scott Davis, then assaulted a female officer, pushing her into a railing as the officer attempted to aid her partner who was in the stranglehold.
Additional police units were called and the two officers were transported to a local hospital to be treated for their injuries.
BCPD Corporal Vinson told The Baltimore Post that the male officer’s injuries were consistent with strangulation. None of the injuries were life threatening, however he was unable to provide an update on the officers’ work or health status. The assaults did not involve weapons.
Beverly Davis was let go from Howard County schools last June amid criticism regarding the school system’s spending priorities, less than one year after she was hired as the system’s CFO.
The former school executive had previously led the system’s Budget and Finance Department. She was one of three deputies fired from the school system after embattled Howard County schools superintendent, Renee Foose, left her position and was replaced by interim superintendent, Michael J. Martirano, PhD.
Foose left the school system last year after the Howard County school board voted to compensate her if she agreed to step down. She had three years left on her contract with Howard County schools at the time and had been in the middle of a contentious legal battle with the school board.
Foose was hired by the school district in 2012. Beverly Davis began working for the system in 2003 as its director of finance.
A June 15th preliminary hearing for the felony counts has been set for Gary Davis. Court dates are still pending for Beverly and Scott Davis.
The Davis’ did not respond to two phone calls by The Baltimore Post requesting an interview.
This story will be updated.
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the name of the BCPD spokesperson as being Corporal Shawn Vincent. His correct last name is Vinson. We regret the error and have made the correction.