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UPDATE, (January 30, 4:30 p.m.):

After a review by the Baltimore County State's Attorney, the Baltimore County Police Department has released video from a body-worn camera worn by a patrol officer in a fatal January 26, 2017 incident. In this incident, a man who threatened family members with a rifle was shot by a BCoPD officer in Precinct 9/White Marsh after he refused to comply with another officer's orders to surrender and reached for the gun.

The officer who negotiated with the suspect and tried to persuade him to surrender safely was wearing the camera. The clip begins with the officer's conversation with the suspect and ends after the officer runs for safety as the second officer fires two shots at the suspect.

BCoPD has identified the officer who fired the shots as Officer First Class Langley, assigned to Precinct 8/Parkville. He is a 15-year veteran of the agency and has no prior police-involved shootings. He was not equipped with a body camera.

This incident remains under investigation by the BCoPD Homicide Unit, which investigates all police-involved shootings. After the investigation is complete, it will be reviewed by the State's Attorney's Office.

Body-worn camera footage from the patrol officer who negotiated with Kerry Lee Coomer

Original release:

A man who threatened family members with a gun was shot last night by police in Precinct 9/White Marsh when he reached for a powerful scoped rifle as they tried to de-escalate the crisis.

The suspect is Kerry Lee Coomer, 59, of the unit block of Greenwood Ave., 21206 – the same address where last night’s incident took place.

Patrol officers were dispatched to the unit block of Greenwood Avenue at 10:43 p.m. for a report of a suicidal subject with a gun. Coomer’s estranged wife, who lives nearby, told police he had been arguing with her throughout the day and was verbally and visibly suicidal; he said he wanted to die, and he pointed the gun – a .30-.30 scoped rifle – at himself.

Coomer threatened the estranged wife and another family member.  At some point, he pointed the rifle at one of them, and that is when the estranged wife called police.

Coomer came onto the porch when patrol responded, and one officer began to talk to him in an effort to calm him and de-escalate the situation. A second officer provided cover. The first officer provided clear verbal commands for the suspect to put up his hands and come off the porch. The suspect refused.

As the first officer continued to verbally engage the suspect, he suddenly reached for the rifle and brought it up. The officer turned and ran for his life. The cover officer fired two shots. Both hit the suspect in the upper body.

Baltimore County Fire Department medic crews were called immediately. The suspect was declared dead at the scene.

The Homicide Unit’s investigation is ongoing. The Homicide Unit investigates all police involved shootings. After the investigation is complete, the incident will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The officer involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative status while the incident is reviewed.

Body camera footage from the officer who communicated with the suspect and fled for his life is part of the investigation. The officer who fired the shots was not equipped with a body camera.

BCoPD’s body camera program began last July and is expected to be fully deployed by September 30, 2017.

UPDATE (December 20, 2016  2:24 p.m.):

On August 12, the charges against Kevin Isaiah Spruill were dropped in Baltimore County Circuit Court.

This case remains open and anyone with information is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

UPDATE (May 11, 2016  12:47 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in connection with a homicide on Emelia Woods Court 21206 in July 2015.

Kevin Isaiah Spruill (22) has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Just after midnight on July 24, 2015, police were called to the Unit block of Emelia Woods Court 21206 for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they found 27-year-old Travis Bryan Durant sitting in a white 2004 Buick LaSabre, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Durant was transported to Franklin Square Hospital where he died.

The investigation into this incident has indicated that Durant lived at a home in the unit block of Emelia Woods Court with his girlfriend. He had also recently started a relationship with another woman who had a child in common with Spruill. On the evening of July 23, Durant had been at the home of the woman who he recently started a relationship with. After arriving back on Emelia Woods Court, he encountered Spruill who shot him multiple times.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Baltimore County Police at 410-307-2020 or Mtero Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Booking Photograph of Kevin Isaiah Spruill

UPDATE (July 24  1:47 p.m.):

The victim has been identified as 27-year-old Travis Bryan Durant of the unit block of Emelia Woods Ct 21206.

Original release (July 24  8:26 a.m.):

Just after midnight, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to the Unit block of Emelia Woods Ct 21206 for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they found an adult male sitting in a vehicle suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

The male was taken to an area hospital where he was later declared deceased.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department Homicide Unit. Detectives will be working to determine of this was a targeted crime.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers. Your tip must be made through Metro Crime Stoppers in order to be eligible.

If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

You can remain anonymous.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Original release (April 12, 2016  8:43 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a April 7 homicide in an Essex motel.

Just before noon on April 7, police were called to the Super 8 Motel in the Unit block of Stemmers Run Road 21220 for a cardiac arrest. When officers arrived on the scene, they found 45-year-old Rhonda Lynn Garrison of the Unit block of McCormick Avenue 21206 lying in the bathtub suffering from multiple injuries. She was declared deceased at the scene.

This incident is being investigated as a homicide. Police do not believe that there is any danger to the community.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Callers to Metro Crime Stoppers

If your tip to the Metro Crime Stoppers hotline leads to the arrest and/or indictment of a suspect, for a felony crime, you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000 from Metro Crime Stoppers.

If you have information on the above crime/suspect please call, text, or e-mail: Metro Crime Stoppers hotline available 24-hours a day toll free.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Text message: Text "MCS" plus your message to "CRIMES" (274637)

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016