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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.

Detectives are investigating a shooting discovered last night by an officer during a traffic stop at Eastern and Mace avenues in Precinct 11/Essex.

An officer from the Essex precinct was conducting radar on Eastern Avenue at about 8:30 p.m. when he stopped a 2005 Blue Acura for excessive speed. The stop was made at Eastern and Mace avenues.

When the officer approached the vehicle, he found two occupants, both men and both injured. The passenger had been shot, and the driver had a broken arm. They told the officer they had been assaulted at a nearby gas station.

Both victims were transported by BCoFD medic unit to a local hospital for treatment of non life-threatening injuries.

The investigation by the Violent Crimes Unit is ongoing.

On July 9, a detective with the Baltimore County Police Department Crimes Against Children Unit was conducting a check of the Internet for persons sharing child pornography. During this investigation, the detective identified a source that was sharing pornographic images of children. The source was identified again on July 25 as a source that was sharing pornographic images of children.

Further investigation indicated that this source was located in a home in the 2300 block of Turkey Point Road 21221. Detectives served a search and seizure warrant on that home and recovered several computer devices that contained images of child pornography.

The investigation has indicated that 46-year-old James Patrick Tinker II of the home in the 2300 block of Turkey Point Road 21221 was responsible for the images on the computer devices and that he knowingly and willfully possessed and distributed child pornography. James Patrick Tinker II was found to be a licensed social worker at Turning Point in Baltimore and Anne Arundel Counseling in Glen Burnie.

At this time, there is no evidence that James Patrick Tinker II has had any sexual contact with children.

James Patrick Tinker II has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. He is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $200,000 bail.

Booking photo of James Patrick Tinker II

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