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The Baltimore County Police Department confirms 34 homicides in 2016.

All but six of those cases have been cleared. BCoPD’s Homicide Unit’s clearance rate continues to exceed state and national averages. Its overall clearance rate for 2016 – which under FBI Uniform Crime Reporting guidelines includes cases from previous years that were solved this year – stands at 106 percent. Nine cases from previous years were solved in 2016.

FBI statistics show the national clearance rate for murder in 2015 at 61.5 percent.

“I continue to be very proud of the men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "They work hard to develop positive relationships in the community, and trust is a major factor in the outstanding clearance rates the department delivers year in and year out.”

Cases are “cleared” by arrest of a suspect or by exceptional means, such as death of the offender or the victim’s refusal to cooperate with prosecution after the offender has been identified.

“Our clearance rates for murder are a noteworthy accomplishment, and I am grateful to our detectives, officers and professional staff for it,” said Police Chief Jim Johnson. “Some cases are solved within days, some take years. What’s important for our citizens, and the families of victims, is to know that the men and women who work these homicide cases never give up on them no matter how long it takes. Our clearance rates are proof of that.”

Baltimore County – with a population of more than 823,000 people – confirms 33 homicides in 2015.

UPDATE (December 27, 2016  3:43 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the victim of a fatal Christmas Day shooting in Lansdowne as 25-year-old Kwame Michael Grissom of the 300 block of South Mount Street 21217.

Just after 5 p.m. on December 25, police responded to the 300 block of Bigley Avenue 21227 for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Grissom who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Grissom was transported to Saint Agnes Hospital where he died.

The incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. Detectives will be working to determine if this was a targeted crime.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Original release (December 25, 2016  8:34 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a homicide in the Lansdowne area. Just after 5:00 p.m., officers received a call for a shooting in the 300-block of Bigley Avenue, 21227. When officers arrived, they found a 25-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Saint Agnes Hospital Center, where he was pronounced deceased. Police continue to investigate and do not have any additional details at this time. Anyone with information concerning this murder is asked to call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020. 

UPDATE (July 26, 2016  7:44 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged a suspect in connection with a Sunday morning shooting in Dundalk that left a man deceased.

Anthony Fortune (23) of the 7500 block of Lange Street 21224 has been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Just before 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, police responded to the Unit block of Center Place 21222 for a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they found 20-year-old Tavon Guy suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper body. He was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he died.

The investigation into the incident has indicated that Guy and Fortune had been involved in an argument. During the argument, Fortune assaulted Guy and then shot him at least once.

This incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit.

Booking Photograph of Anthony Fortune

Original release (July 24, 2016  11:38 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a homicide in the Dundalk area. Just before 1:30 a.m., police were called to the unit-block of Center Place in Dundalk for a shooting. According to witnesses, a gunshot was heard and then the victim ran from behind a near-by building. The man collapsed from his injuries. The victim was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. The victim has been identified at Tayvon Guy, 20, of the 3100-block of Ardee Way, 21222. Mr. Guy suffered at least one gunshot wound to the upper body. An autopsy will be performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

Police do not have any additional details at this time. If anyone has any information about this murder, please call the Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020. 

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016