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The Baltimore County Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit is investigating a shooting early this morning near Ebbing Court in Essex.

The incident occurred at about 12:47 a.m. in a wooded area near Ebbing Court. Police responded to this wooded area and found a 21-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital. Because of his injuries, police have not yet been able to interview him about the cirumstances of the shooting.

This is an ongoing investigation. Detectives are looking into whether this was a targeted crime.

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.

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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

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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.


Revised April 6, 2016