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UPDATE (August 2, 2017 2:02 p.m.):

Police have identified the deceased suspect in yesterday's police-involved shooting as Christopher Evin Clapp (35) with no fixed address.

The officer involved in the shooting is identified as Police Officer First Class McCain of Precinct 8. He is a 16-1/2 year veteran of the force with one prior combat shooting in 2006 that did not result in a fatality.

Original Release (August 1, 2017 5:12 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting early this morning at the Giant grocery store in Catonsville.

Just before 4 a.m. police responded to the 6000 block of Baltimore National Pike after an off-duty, uniformed Baltimore County Police Officer, working secondary employment at Giant, shot and killed a fleeing suspect as the officer was being dragged by the suspect vehicle over 100 feet across the parking lot.

The suspect previously entered the Giant store with canvas grocery bags and filled them with merchandise, including household items such as laundry detergent. The officer watched the suspect walk past all working registers with the bags of merchandise, making no attempt to pay for the items before exiting the store. The officer quickly confirmed with an employee that the suspect had not paid for the items he’d taken, then followed the suspect outside of the store where he saw him get into the driver’s seat of a Lincoln vehicle with a North Carolina registration plate waiting on the parking lot.

The officer approached the driver side window and verbally engaged the suspect, who responded by putting the car’s gear into drive. The officer reached into the vehicle, ordering the suspect to stop the vehicle multiple times, but the suspect rapidly accelerated, squealing the vehicle’s tires on the pavement and speeding away, dragging the officer with the vehicle. Witnesses heard the officer telling the driver to stop multiple times.  The officer drew his service weapon and fired shots into the vehicle at the suspect, killing the suspect and stopping the vehicle.  The deceased suspect’s identity is not being released until notification of next of kin.

An adult male who was in the front seat of the suspect’s Lincoln at the time of the incident was unharmed, but taken to an area hospital for treatment of chest pains following the incident. He has given police an account of the events that is consistent with the accounts of other independent witnesses at the scene and surveillance video obtained from the Giant store.  The Giant grocery store video will be made available at a later time.

Police determined that the Lincoln was not currently registered but was displaying a North Carolina tag registered to a Subaru. Police are still investigating to determine how the suspect came into possession of the Lincoln, which is not currently reported stolen.

While the officer was wearing his Baltimore County Police issued uniform, he was not equipped with a body-worn camera. The body-worn camera policy does not require it be worn with the uniform if an officer is working in a secondary employment capacity.

Per the agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4, the officer involved in the shooting will not be identified at this time. The Homicide Unit investigates all police-involved shootings. Once the investigation is complete, the incident will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. The Baltimore County Firearms Discharge Review Board also examines every shot fired by police for compliance with agency policy. As standard procedure, the officer will be placed on administrative status during this process.

Baltimore County Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying three suspects who robbed the Rehya Pharmacy in the 400 block of Frederick Road in Catonsville on June 20. Surveillance video was obtained from both exterior and interior cameras.

Two of the suspects entered the pharmacy while a third remained outside of the building as a lookout. The “lookout” is described as tall and thin, about 5’8”, 20-30 years old.

The second suspect went into the pharmacy but remained behind the counter. He is described as approximately 5’8”, medium build, with some facial hair.

The third suspect jumped over the counter and filled a plastic bag with pharmaceuticals. He is described as having a tall, thin build, approximately 20 years old.

Anyone with information on the identities of any of these three suspects or who has any information on this crime is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

This crime continues to be investigated by the Baltimore County Police Robbery Unit.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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

Web tip: www.metrocrimestoppers.org

Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a mentally challenged man from Catonsville.

Kurt Block (63) left his residence in the 1400 block of Pleasant Valley Drive Saturday morning to take his usual walk to Walmart at 6205 Baltimore National Pike, but never returned home.

Kurt Block is approximately 6'01", 200 pounds, has brown eyes and grey hair, with a full beard and mustache. He may appear to to be confused or to have reduced mental functionality.

Anyone with information on Kurt Block's whereabouts is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. The Baltimore County Police Homicide/Missing Persons Unit continues to investigate this disappearance.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017