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UPDATE (June 9, 2017 4:05 p.m.):

Police have identified the four officers involved in the shooting of the armed robbery suspect:

  • Police Officer First Class Carver of Precinct 12 is a 5.5-year veteran of the force.
  • Police Officer First Class Leary of Precinct 12 is a 3.5-year veteran of the force.
  • Police Officer First Class Minton of Precinct 12 is a 14.5-year veteran of the force.
  • The fourth officer is a 17-year veteran of the force whose name will be withheld due to the officer's duty assignment.

None of the officers involved have any prior combat shooting involvement.

UPDATE (June 8, 2017, 5:15 p.m.):

The officer shot in yesterday's police-involved shooting in Dundalk is Officer First Class Slocum, assigned to Precinct 12-Dundalk. She is a 13-year veteran of BCoPD. She remains hospitalized in serious condition.

UPDATE (June 8, 2017 12:23 p.m.):

Police have identified the deceased suspect in yesterday's police-involved shooting in Dundalk as Blaine Robert Erb, 35, of no fixed address. Erb was shot by police after he began firing at officers investigating an armed robbery.

The wounded officer, assigned to Precinct 12-Dundalk, was shot twice in a lower extremity during the incident and remains hospitalized in serious condition at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

A 21-year-old female civilian from the 5000 block of Queensberry Avenue, 21215 also suffered a gunshot wound to the lower body during the incident and is expected to survive her injury.

Two .40 caliber semi-automatic handguns were located next to the suspect's body, as well as numerous gun magazines and ammunition. Detectives have determined that the firearms have not been reported stolen but continue to investigate to identify the last known registered owner. Erb is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms due to a prior conviction for an armed robbery. The investigation has determined that Erb had a lengthy criminal history in Maryland and neighboring states, including charges for robbery, weapon violations, assault and theft. He also had an open warrant through Pennsylvania.

Detectives have identified five civilians who were on the bus when the incident began, but continue to investigate to determine if there were more.

The investigation has determined that four officers fired rounds at the suspect from their service weapons. Those officers have been placed on routine administrative leave and their names will not be released at this time.

While it has been determined that at least one officer was wearing a body-worn camera at the time of the incident, all visual and audio recordings remain part of the ongoing investigation and will not be released at this time.

Original Release (June 7, 2017 6:08 p.m.):

An officer and a civilian are in serious condition, and the suspect dead, after an officer-involved shooting following an armed robbery this afternoon in Dundalk.

Investigation has revealed that officers were dispatched at 2:49 p.m. to Dundalk Avenue and Avon Beach Road for an armed street robbery in progress. Officers had received information that a single male suspect approached and robbed two people at gunpoint. Police arriving on the scene were updated with information that the suspect fled the scene onto an Maryland Transit Administration bus. Police located the bus a short distance from the Logan Village Shopping Center in the 3400 block of Dundalk Avenue and initiated an investigative traffic stop.

When officers attempted to confront the suspect on the bus, he began shooting at the officers, firing repeatedly at them. The officers returned fire. After exchanging gunfire for an extended period, the suspect—who has not yet been identified—attempted to flee the MTA bus. He collapsed a short distance from the bus, suffering at least one gunshot wound, where he was pronounced deceased.

During the exchange of gunfire, one officer and one civilian each suffered at least one gunshot wound. The officer was taken to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where she is listed in serious condition. The civilian, a woman, was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive.

Bodycamera footage of this incident is part of the ongoing investigation. The MTA bus was equipped with working surveillance cameras. Any footage captured from these cameras will be part of the investigation. 

UPDATE (May 23, 2017 3:55 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged Antonio Tremayne Jones (45) of the 4900 block of Aberdeen Avenue in Baltimore, 21206, with the shooting of the Baltimore City Police Officer last Thursday. Jones is the estranged husband of the victim's girlfriend.

Jones is charged with Attempted 1st Degree Murder, 1st Degree Assault, and the Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and is held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Original Release (May 18, 2017 10:23 a.m.):

An off-duty Baltimore Police officer was shot last night at his home in Gwynn Oak.

Around 11:22 p.m. yesterday, police from the Woodlawn Precinct were dispatched to a the home after a man, later determined to be a 50-year-old off-duty city officer, was shot through his front door. 

The victim went to answer a knock at his front door but was shot through the door before opening it. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment and is expected to survive his injury.

This shooting continues to be investigated by the Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit.

Detectives are exploring whether this was a targeted shooting. Detectives do not believe the shooting is connected to any criminal activity on the part of the victim.

Police are withholding the victim's address due to safety concerns.

Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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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.

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016