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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.

Photo of Daniel Blackwell, charged with attempted murder, gun violations.Police found 15 firearms -- four of them loaded -- in the Dundalk row home where a man barricaded himself last night after an argument with his wife over a grilled cheese sandwich.

The suspect, Daniel Brian Blackwell, 55, of the 7100 block of E. Baltimore St., 21224, is not legally allowed to own guns because of prior assault convictions.

As a result of his actions last night, he has been charged with attempted first- and second- degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and various firearms violations. His booking photo is posted to the left.

Last Night's Barricade

Police were dispatched to an end-of-group row home in the 7100 block of E. Baltimore St. at 4:48 p.m. for a domestic disturbance involving a gun.

The suspect's wife told first-arriving officers her husband had shot at her through the basement floor after he became angry when she took a bite out of his grilled cheese sandwich.

She said the first shot was fired as she was in the kitchen making dinner. At that point, she went down to the basement to check on her husband, found him surrounded by guns and ammunition and went back upstairs. Blackwell briefly came upstairs, but retreated to the basement again. Soon after, the wife heard three more gunshots, the projectiles of which came through the kitchen floor near where she was standing. She and three teenagers fled the house and met waiting police officers.

BCoPD Tactical, K-9 and Hostage Negotiation teams responded. Blackwell engaged them in a standoff that lasted about three hours. The standoff ended when the suspect -- who was wearing a holster of ammunition around his waist but was not carrying a weapon at the time -- stepped out on the porch, allowing officers to use less lethal means (pepper balls) to subdue him and bring him into custody.

Police later found a loaded, lever-action long gun with a chambered round placed just inside the front door.

Blackwell was taken immediately to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Currently, he remains in police custody in a hospital pending an emergency evaluation.

Body camera footage from this incident is part of an ongoing investigation.

Guns

Police seized three handguns and 12 long guns from the E. Baltimore Street home:

  • Remington .44 Magnum rifle (loaded)
  • Ruger .357 Magnum revolver (loaded)
  • Springfield .45 ACP (loaded)
  • Remington 1187 12-gauge shotgun (loaded)
  • Ruger Airhawk pellet rifle
  • Traditions hunter rifle .50 cal
  • Mossberg .22 cal rifle
  • Winchester 94 AE 30-30 rifle
  • Mossberg .22 rifle
  • Winchester .370 20-gauge shotgun
  • Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun
  • Winchester 270 rifle
  • Ruger S7W .40 cal pistol
  • Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun

Police also found a large amount of ammunition and gun accessories.

Original release (October 12, 2016  4:21 p.m.):

A barricade situation in Essex has ended peacefully.

Just before 11 a.m. this morning, officers responded to the 2100 block of Anthony Ave 21221 for a report of shots fired. When officers arrived on the scene they spoke with a man who told them that he had been in an altercation with the suspect. During the altercation, the suspect fired several shots from a gun at him. The man was not hit by the gunfire.

At first officers feared that the man was armed and walking around the neighborhood. They then determined that he was in a home by himself.

Specialized resources were called to the scene to ensure the safety of the community. Police negotiators began a dialogue with the suspect and requested that he give himself up peacefully. The suspect eventually complied with the request of negotiators and surrendered peacefully to police.

The suspect was transported to a hospital for an evaluation. He also faces charges in connection with the alleged assault. His information will be released after he is officially charged.

The assault incident remains under investigation by the Precinct 11 Investigative Services Team.

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016