April 4, 2023

It's unclear if McGrath died from self-inflicted gunshot wounds or if he was shot by law enforcement. McGrath at one time was one of the highest-paid civil servants in Maryland before joining Governor Larry Hogan's team as his chief-of-staff. His transition and subsequent payout of more than $233,000 in severance raised eyebrows that eventually led to federal charges. via the Baltimore Banner: "McGrath resigned as Hogan’s chief of staff amid controversy over a payout of more than $233,000 that he negotiated when he transferred to the governor’s office from the environmental service. An investigation found McGrath carried out a scheme to enrich himself personally by defrauding the government, according to prosecutors."

McGrath died of a gunshot wound at a Tennessee hospital Monday night after a confrontation with FBI agents just west of Knoxville.

Source: Fox News

Roy McGrath, a chief of staff of former two-term Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan turned fugitive who has been on the run from the FBI and federal officials for weeks, is now dead, his attorney said.

Attorney Joseph Murtha confirmed in a statement to Fox News that his client is dead after succumbing to gunshot injuries following a standoff with police late Monday night.

During the standoff, at least one FBI agent fired a weapon and McGrath was injured. Law enforcement officials, however, have not revealed if he was struck by police or if the injuries were self-inflicted.

The FBI had put out a bulletin in connection for McGrath's disappearance, offering a $20,000 reward.

Ahead of Monday's standoff, the FBI put out a lengthy statement requesting the public's help in locating McGrath.

"The FBI is seeking the public’s assistance in locating fugitive Roy C. McGrath, age 53, of Naples, Florida," the March 28 statement read. "McGrath is now a fugitive and considered an international flight risk."

The statement continued: "On October 5, 2021, McGrath was indicted in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland for violations of 18 USC 1343 (wire fraud) and 18 USC 666 (theft or bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds). During his October 2021 court appearance, McGrath entered a plea of not guilty on all charges and was released pre-trial on the condition that he appears at all scheduled court dates."

If convicted, McGrath probably would have spent the remainder of his life in prison. So instead of that, he went on the run, meeting a rather pathetic end. According to one account, "Housley did not witness the shooting, but said that someone who did told him that agents were ordering the man out of the car and to put his hands up, and that the man reached for something and the agents opened fire."

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