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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.

The next edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through February.

The opening segment focuses on the department’s new body-worn camera program. Police Chief Jim Johnson discusses the challenges of law enforcement, how technology has driven change in police efforts to solve crimes, and the use of body-worn cameras – the newest public safety tool being used by the department.

The topic of the second segment is the department’s recruitment efforts. Officer John Mitchell, of the Recruitment Unit, talks about career opportunities to become a Baltimore County police officer or cadet.

The program airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Police Report is available if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

A Baltimore County Police officer this morning suffered injuries that appear minor and non life-threatening when he accidently shot himself during routine annual qualification drills at BCoPD's shooting range in Towson.

Preliminary investigation shows the officer was performing timed drills at the outdoor portion of the range at about 9 a.m. These rigorous drills test officers' ability to fire with accuracy within set time constraints and in various positions and circumstances. The officer pulled his service weapon from the holster, preparing to shoot at a target, when he prematurely pulled the trigger. The gun was still pointed downward when the trigger was pulled, and the round grazed the officer before hitting the ground.

He has been transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and is listed in good condition.

The range -- shut down immediately after the accidental shooting -- has reopened.

BCoPD uses frangible ammunition, not lead rounds, during training. A frangible round is made of a composite material that disintegrates when it hits material harder than itself. This round disintegrated when it hit the ground.

Officers must report each year to the range to qualify for firearms proficiency. The range is located in the 2000 block of Dulaney Valley Road.

An internal investigation of this highly unusual incident is ongoing.

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016