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Baltimore County Police Lieutenant Ralph Donahoe has been named Officer of the Year by the Essex Elks Lodge #1866.

Lieutenant Donahoe, a 32-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department, received a certificate honoring his many years of service and dedication to the community. He was honored on March 28 at the Exalted Ruler’s Party and Awards ceremony.

The Essex Elks Lodge #1866 was instituted in 1952 and has grown from a membership of 60 to 600. The group is a fraternal organization dedicated to the needs of the community. That includes helping children with handicaps or diseases or sponsoring scholarships and other aid to the young people in our county.

UPDATE (February 27):

Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in connection with the February 25 shooting in Middle River that left a man deceased.

Antwan Donta Holmes (37) of the 3900 block of Red Deer Circle 21133 has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Detectives believe that Holmes and the victim, 22-year-old Christopher Allen Hagerman, knew each other. The investigation has indicated that Holmes shot Hagerman during an interaction that they were having.

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

Booking Photograph of Antwan Donta Holmes

UPDATE (February 26):

Baltimore County Police have identified the person found deceased to the rear of the 3800 block of Bayville Road 21220 as Christopher Allen Hagerman (22) of the Unit block of Wiltshire Road 21221.

A person traveling through the neighborhood just before 7 a.m. yesterday morning found Hagerman’s body and called police.

An autopsy on Hagerman's body concluded the cause of death was multiple gunshot wounds. The manner of death was homicide.

The Baltimore County Police Department Homicide Unit continues to investigate this incident.

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

Original release (February 25):

Homicide detectives are investigating the death of an adult male found this morning behind the 3800 block of Bayville Road, Precinct 11/Essex.

Police responded to the scene -- several hundred yards from Seneca Elementary but not on school grounds --  at 6:44 a.m. after a person walking through the community saw the victim and called 911.

The man, who suffered upper body trauma, has not yet been identified. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

UPDATE (February 17):

The Baltimore County Police Department has identified the names of the officers involved in the shooting at MD Route 702 and Hyde Park Road in Essex on Saturday.

  • Officer Flaherty, a 10-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department assigned to Woodlawn/Precinct 2. Officer Flaherty was the officer injured during the incident.
  • Officer Beale, a 6-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department assigned to Woodlawn/Precinct 2.
  • Officer Wootan, a 7-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department assigned to Woodlawn/Precinct 2.
  • Officer Tubaya, a 10-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department assigned to the Special Operations  Section.
  • Officer Trussell, a 3-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department assigned to Woodlawn/Precinct 2.
  • Officer Flanary, an 11-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department assigned to White Marsh/Precinct 9.

These officers will remain on administrative status during the investigation of this incident.

When detectives searched the suspect's vehicle, a 2003 Honda Pilot, they discovered four .38 caliber handguns, one 9 mm handgun, a shotgun, and a backpack containing ammunition for all of the weapons recovered. The 9mm handgun and one of the .38 caliber handguns were loaded.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. Detectives will work with investigators in Corbin, Kentucky to assist as needed with their death investigation.

No further information is available at this time.

UPDATE (February 15):

Baltimore County Police have identified the suspect in yesterday’s incident in Essex as 16-year-old Jason C Hendrix of the 1200 Block of Forrest Circle in Corbin, Kentucky.

No further information is available at this time.

UPDATE (February 14 9:33 p.m.):

Updates to today's officer-involved shooting at MD 702 and Hyde Park Road:

The officer shot by a suspect following a pursuit along I-695 and ending on MD 702 has been released from the hospital.

The suspect in that pursuit, who was shot by officers and declared deceased at the scene, has not been positively identified at this time. Police believe he is a juvenile with connections to Corbin City, Kentucky. 

As part of the investigation into this incident, Baltimore County detectives contacted police in Corbin City, Kentucky to check the address to which the Honda Pilot was registered. Corbin police subsequently began a death investigation involving multiple victims at that address. That investigation continues at this time. Baltimore County detectives are working with Corbin City law enforcement to determine the link between what happened in Kentucky and what happened in Baltimore County.

Original release (February 14 4:04 p.m.):

Late this morning, Maryland State Police pursued a Honda Pilot down I-95 after it failed to stop for a trooper. State Police broke off the pursuit around exit 47 when the vehicle drove across the median, across north-bound lanes, and exited the highway.

Baltimore County Police located the Honda Pilot in the Woodlawn area and attempted to stop it. When the vehicle failed to stop, officers pursued it onto east-bound I-695 and eventually onto route 702. At the intersection of route 702 and Hyde Park Road, the Honda Pilot struck a Honda Accord and stopped.

As officers approached the Honda Pilot, gunfire came from the vehicle, striking an officer. Officers then returned fire on the vehicle. The driver, an adult white male who was the only occupant of the vehicle, was declared deceased at the scene. The driver was found to have been armed with a handgun and other weapons.

The injured officer was transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center for treatment. His ballistic vest stopped the round that struck him and he is expected to be released later today.

During this incident, six Baltimore County Police officers fired their weapons. Those officers will be placed on administrative status while the incident is reviewed.

An adult male and two 11-year-old females were in the Honda Accord that was struck by the Honda Pilot. They were not struck by gunfire and were taken to Franklin Square Hospital to be checked out. They are expected to be released shortly.

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

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