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UPDATE (April 24, 2017 12:59 p.m.):

Police have identified the suspect in Friday night’s police-involved shooting in Windsor Mill during which the suspect crashed a stolen vehicle into three police cars and six civilian vehicles, then drove directly towards an officer in an attempt to flee.

The driver of the stolen vehicle is identified as Dejuan Lamar Owens (23) of the 7000 block of Gentle Shade Road in Columbia, 21046. He is charged with 17 counts of 1st Degree Assault and Unlawful Taking of a Motor Vehicle. He is currently held in the Baltimore County Detention Center on a no bail status.

The continuing investigation reveals that the other occupants of the vehicle were unaware that it was stolen at the time of the incident. All have been released without charge.

The officer who was struck by Owens as he attempted to flee suffered minor injuries and has been released from the hospital.

The officer involved in this shooting is identified as Officer Trussell, assigned to the Woodlawn precinct. Officer Trussell has 5 ½ years with BCoPD and has been involved in one prior combat shooting.

Body-worn camera footage continues to be withheld pending review for evidentiary value by the State’s Attorney’s Office.

Original Release (April 22, 2017 11:49 a.m.):

One woman was injured and a man is in custody following last night's police-involved shooting in Windsor Mill in which a stolen vehicle fled and struck three police cars, as well as six civilian vehicles carrying eleven people.

Preliminary investigation has revealed that, just prior to 8:30 p.m. on April 21, 2017, Baltimore County police officers on routine patrol near Milford Mill Road located a stolen vehicle. The stolen vehicle was described as a 2013 Honda reported stolen from the area of Sinclair Lane in Baltimore City on April 15.

Officers first attempted to stop the stolen vehicle and arrest the occupants in the area of Liberty Road and Milford Mill Road.

These officers, in two different police cruisers, attempted to block the suspect vehicle by positioning the cruisers on either end of the suspect vehicle. The officers exited their cruisers and identified themselves as police officers. The operator of the stolen car drove forward, pushing that police car forward. Then, the driver of the stolen car reversed and pushed second cruiser backward, causing the second police cruiser to strike an officer, knocking that officer to the ground.

The suspect vehicle fled from police, eastbound into the area of Liberty Road and Lord Baltimore Drive, where police made a second attempt to arrest the suspect. In an effort to avoid arrest, the suspect vehicle fled again, striking the civilian vehicles before driving directly toward a police officer. That officer, in fear for his life, fired at the suspect vehicle.

The suspect vehicle continued to flee along Liberty Road, jumping the median and traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes. The suspect vehicle finally stopped -- because it became inoperable, police believe -- at Liberty and Sussex roads. The driver of the suspect vehicle fled on foot and was arrested a short distance away.

The three other occupants of the car also were taken into custody.

Baltimore County Fire Department medic crews were called immediately, and one wounded suspect was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

The 11 victims in the civilian vehicles struck by the suspect vehicle refused medical transport.

The driver of the suspect vehicle, a 23-year-old man, is in police custody. Charges are pending. This man is wanted in multiple jurisdictions. 

The front seat passenger, a woman, was injured as a result of the shooting and continues to receive medical treatment at this time. Her injuries appear non life-threatening.

There were two additional female occupants seated in the rear of the suspect vehicle. Those passengers were interviewed and have been released without charge. All occupants of the suspect vehicle were adults.

Body-worn camera footage from the scene is part of the ongoing investigation and will not be released at this time.

The officer involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative status while the incident is reviewed, a standard procedure.

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.

A Baltimore County Police officer assigned to the Woodlawn precinct has been charged with second-degree assault in connection with a January 25 incident on Liberty Road.

The officer is Christopher M. Spivey, 29, a nearly nine-year veteran of the Department. He was served with a summons this morning.

BCoPD's Internal Affairs Section began an investigation after the Baltimore Police Department Internal Affairs Section reached out to report a possible assault by a Baltimore County police officer witnessed by crew members of BPD's Foxtrot helicopter as they assisted with a vehicle pursuit on January 25.

The pursuit stemmed from a report of a stolen vehicle at the Wegmans grocery store, 10100 Reisterstown Road, 21117, at 10:40 a.m. on January 25. Later in the day, officers working the Liberty Road corridor saw the stolen vehicle, a 2003 Volvo, driving along Liberty Road near Milford Mill Road. The vehicle fled at a high rate of speed when officers attempted to stop it, and the pursuit ended when the stolen vehicle crashed near the intersection of Liberty and Milford Mill roads.

Video from the Foxtrot helicopter provided to BCoPD shows that the suspect, later identified as Diamontae Tyquan Farrar, 20, of the 1700 block of Smallwood St., 21217, ran from the crashed Volvo, and engaged officers in a prolonged foot pursuit. Eventually, he was apprehended by the responding officers. One officer, determined through investigation to be Spivey, ran up to the suspect and kicked him several times.

Spivey will be suspended with pay, per departmental regulations.

The Foxtrot video will not be released; it is part of an ongoing investigation and is essential to the defendant's right to a fair trial and an impartial jury.

Separate overnight crashes on Liberty Road in Randallstown have left one boy and one man dead, and a woman critically injured. 

In the first crash a woman and a boy on a bicycle were struck by a car, killing the boy and seriously injuring the woman. Three hours later, just down the road, a vehicle crossed the center line, causing a head-on collision that killed the driver. 

The first crash happened just before 9 p.m. near Marriottsville Road. The preliminary investigation revealed that a 19-year-old woman and a 14-year-old boy were riding together on one bicycle west on Liberty Road. They were struck by a 2002 Nissan Ultima, also traveling west on Liberty Road.

The boy, who is identified as Jamal Quentin Anderson of the 3900 block of Red Deer Circle in Randallstown, was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was transported to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries. She remains in stable condition at last report. 

The driver of the Nissan, who did remain at the scene, is identified as Conrad Oliver Antonio Thorpe (23) of the 3600 block of Waterwheel Square in Randallstown. He has been charged with Driving Under the Influence and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center without bail. 

This case continues to be investigated by the Baltimore County Crash Investigation Team. Upon conclusion the case will be forwarded to the State Attorney's office for review regarding any additional charges. 

The second crash occurred just before midnight on Liberty Road at Offutt Road when a red 2012 Hyundai Tucson traveling east suddenly crossed over the center line and collided head-on with an MTA transport van traveling west. 

The sole passenger of the van was transported to an area hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver, who had no visible injuries, was also transported to an area hospital as a precautionary measure.

The driver of the Hyundai, identified as William Thomas Rideout (44) of the 3500 block of Carriage Hill Circle in Randallstown, was transported to Northwest Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team continues to investigate this incident, as well. 

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016