Baltimore County Police Working Closely with Baltimore City Police on Police Involved Shooting
Baltimore County, Md. (January 31, 2012) – At about 2 a.m. today, Baltimore County Police attempted to pull over a white Nissan automobile that was driving without headlights near Harlem Lane at Edmondson Avenue in Precinct 1/Wilkens. The driver of the Nissan did not pull over, and police did not pursue the vehicle.
Officers make decisions about whether to engage in a pursuit, based on whether the severity of the infraction justifies the risk. In this case, police decided it did not. However, the fact that police do not engage in a pursuit does not mean that they simply let the offender go. They notify other officers that the vehicle refused to stop; attempt to locate the owner of the vehicle, if they have a tag number; and use investigative tactics — rather than a physical pursuit that may put the community at risk — to identify the driver.
About 10 minutes later, an officer from another precinct saw the Nissan on the Beltway and attempted to stop it. The suspect refused to stop. Police did not pursue the suspect as he headed south on I-695. The officer continued southbound on I-695, and found the Nissan had crashed at the I-695/I-95 split.
Fight With Officer, Police Car Stolen
At that point, the suspect engaged the county officer and began fighting with the officer. The suspect told the officer he had a gun and was going to shoot the officer. The suspect ultimately stole the officer’s police car and fled. Details of how the car was stolen remain under investigation.
The police vehicle was tracked to a Motel 6 on Caton Avenue in South Baltimore.
As officers responded, they saw a dark-colored SUV, a Ford Bronco, fleeing the parking lot at a high rate of speed. Police stopped the Bronco. As officers were in the process of removing three people from the Bronco, a fourth passenger jumped into the driver’s seat and fled in the Bronco to the 3400 block of Annapolis Road.
There, police stopped the vehicle. Three officers from Baltimore County and an Anne Arundel County officer discharged their service weapons and fired several shots.
The three Baltimore County officers are from the Franklin, Woodlawn and Wilkens precincts. They have 18, 19 and five years of experience, respectively. None of the three has been involved previously in a police-involved shooting. All three have been placed on routine administrative leave.
The suspect was transported to Shock Trauma where he died of his injuries. The Baltimore City Police Department is the lead investigating agency; Baltimore County homicide also is involved in the investigation.
The suspect has not been positively identified.