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Former Chief of Staff for Republican Governor Shot Dead After Manhunt

Roy McGrath, a former adviser to the former governor of Maryland Larry Hogan who had been on the run for three weeks, reportedly died on Monday in Knoxville, Tennessee, after being involved in an ‘agent involved shooting’ with a representative of the FBI.

Joseph Murtha, McGrath’s attorney, stated that his client was shot and ultimately succumbed to the injuries he sustained.

It remains unclear exactly what happened during the incident.

The FBI has stated that they are investigating a shooting that involved an agent, but they have not provided any other information.

After McGrath failed to appear in court and was not located during a welfare check at his residence in Naples, Florida, a search party was dispatched to look for him.

Joseph Murtha, who represents McGrath, stated that he was worried for his client and did not fully understand what was taking place.

McGrath, who was 53 at the time, resigned as Hogan’s chief of staff in 2020 after he was accused of illegally collecting a severance payout of $233,648 from his previous job directing the Maryland Environmental Service.

This amount is equivalent to a year’s salary for the position.

McGrath entered a plea of not guilty to the federal accusations of theft and wire fraud.

It is alleged in the allegations brought against him by the state that he unlawfully recorded private discussions with high authorities. If he was found guilty, McGrath could have been sentenced to many years behind bars.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Marshals Service each offered a reward of $10,000 for information that would lead to the apprehension of McGrath.

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