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UPDATE (February 24, 2017 9:15 a.m.):

Booking photo of Christopher Engles, who brought a gun to Perry Hall High School.The student who brought a gun into Perry Hall High School yesterday is identified as 17-year-old Christopher James Engles of the unit block of Bellhurst Way, 21234. He is currently being held at BCDC on a no bail status.

He is charged as an adult with the following:

  • Possession of a Firearm by a Minor
  • Possession of a Dangerous Weapon on School Property
  • Carry/Conceal a Dangerous Weapon
  • Wear/Carry a Handgun on his Person

Original Release (February 23, 2017 4:42 p.m.):

A student is being charged after bringing a firearm to school today.

The School Resource Officer at Perry Hall High School was notified after one student was seen showing off a gun to other students in the hallway. He did not threaten or point the gun at anyone. Police believe the student did not have any intent to harm anyone with the firearm.

The officer located the student, who was cooperative, and recovered the gun. The student was taken into and remains in police custody pending formal charges.

This incident remains under investigation by the Precinct 9 Outreach Unit.

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.

A good Samaritan stopped and held a suspect who was fleeing from a robbery yesterday afternoon in Halethorpe.

Police arrived on the scene to find the man kneeling on the suspected robber about a block from where the robbery occurred.

The initial call to police came at 4:14 p.m. from a security company when an employee pushed a holdup alarm button during the robbery.  The suspect entered Baltimore Highlands Pharmacy in the 4100 block of Annapolis Road, pointed a gun at an employee and demanded pills and pharmaceuticals that are kept in a locked area. The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Robert James Richter of the 5400 block of East Drive in Halethorpe, then fled the location on foot. During the robbery another employee was having a telephone conversation with the man who would eventually subdue the suspect. When the employee told him they were being robbed he immediately responded from a nearby location. When he arrived, the employees pointed out the suspect, who had stopped a short distance from the pharmacy. The man gave chase and, after a brief altercation with Richter, subdued him and held him until police arrived and took Richter into custody.

Police recovered the gun which was then determined to be a pellet gun.

Richter is charged with armed robbery, first degree assault, and grand theft. He is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016