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Booking photo of Franklin Rider, 19, arrested for assaulting a police officer.A police officer from Precinct 1/Wilkens was injured yesterday when he was assaulted by an armed suspect in the 1900 block of Halethorpe Ave., 21227.

The officer was transported to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center with injuries sustained when the suspect -- Franklin A. Rider, 19, of the 1900 block of Halethorpe Ave.,  punched him repeatedly in the face with a closed fist.

Rider is charged with first degree assault, assault on a police officer and other offenses. He is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $50,000 bail.

Police were called to the Halethorpe Avenue location at about 6:30 p.m. for a call of a disturbance. Rider's mother told police that her son was "destroying the house." The suspect, Rider, fled when police called out to him, and when officers caught up with him outside the home they saw what appeared to be a handgun in one of his hands and a knife in the other. The suspect dropped the weapons when ordered by police and immediately began physically to assault one of the officers. The officer used pepper spray to subdue the suspect so he could be placed under arrest.

The weapons -- initially believed to be a knife and a small handgun -- were a pair of scissors and a lighter shaped like a handgun. The investigation found that the suspect was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

The injured officer is a 3 1/2 year-veteran of BCoPD, Officer First Class J. Myers. He has been released from the hospital and continues to recuperate.

Update, December 3, 2014:

Two suspects have been charged in this case: Jatwan Derek Boston, 24, of the 4300 block of Parkton St., 21229; and David Orlando Grant, 32, of the 1500 block of W. Penrose St., 21214. Both are charged with attempted first degree murder, first degree assault, first degree burglary and other charges.

Original article:

A 33-year-old Catonsville man was seriously injured Saturday night, November 29, when he was shot and stabbed in an apparent home invasion robbery.

Officers responded to a home in the 300 block of Suter Road, 21228, at 10:09 p.m. The victim, suffering from a gunshot wound, told police he lived next door and had run to a neighbor's house for help.

The ongoing investigation reveals that several male suspects forced their way into the victim's home, assaulted the victim with a gun and a knife and shot him several times. The suspects stole various personal items. The victim was transported to a nearby hospital and is expected to survive.

Detectives are investigating whether this was a targeted crime.

UPDATE (March 20)
The Baltimore County Police officers involved in the shooting Tuesday have been identified:

  • Corporal Walsh – Assigned to Precinct 6 – With department for 11 years
  • Officer Mims – Assigned to Precinct 6 – With department for 6 years
  • Officer Robinson – Assigned to Precinct 6 – With department for 2 years

These officers have been placed on administrative status while the incident is reviewed.

UPDATE: The man shot by police this afternoon in Parkville has died at a local hospital. He has been identified as 21-year-old Ryan Charles Deitrich of the 8600 block of Oakleigh Road.

Deitrich was known to BCoPD. BCoPD dispatchers had a "hazard flag" on the Oakleigh Road address so that officers would know when they responded to this home that someone living there possibly posed a threat to his own or someone else's safety. Deitrich had been sent for an emergency evaluation by BCoPD in the past. Last January, Deitrich was charged with a variety of offenses, including first-degree assault and use of a dangerous weapon w/ intent to injure, after an incident in Baltimore County.

Original release:

At 1:11 p.m. today, police responded to the 8600 block of Oakleigh Road in Parkville for a "check on subject" call; someone who knew the subject, an adult male, was concerned and asked police to check on him. When police responded to the address, they found the man outside the home, threatening them with a knife.

Officers retreated down the street, to the intersection of Oakleigh and Trenleigh roads, but the man continued to come at them with the knife. Fearing for their lives, at least one of the officers discharged his or her service weapon; the man was struck multiple times.

The man, who has not yet been identified, suffered what appear to be life-threatening injuries. He was transported by BCoFD medic units to a nearby hospital.

Tactical units responded as a precaution to make sure no one else was inside the Oakleigh Road house.

All police-involved shootings are subject to a thorough internal review. Per BCoPD policy, the officers involved in today's incident will be placed on administrative duties pending this review.


Revised September 27, 2016