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The Baltimore County Police Department officer who on Saturday shot a stabbing suspect at Union Station in Washington, D.C. is Officer Mussini. He is assigned to Precinct 12/Dundalk and has been employed with BCoPD since 1997. This is his only police-involved shooting.

Mussini has been placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure following police-involved shootings.

(BCoPD releases only the last names of officers involved in police shootings, per a binding agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4.)

The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the Union Station incident

UPDATE: September 25, 2015

  • At 4:45 p.m., Chief Jim Johnson conducted a media briefing at which he provided some additional details about Wednesday's Shooting in Reisterstown and released a 50-second video of footage of the shooting; this video was obtained from a local business. The video is available on our Facebook page and on Twitter, @BACOPoliceFire.

     He confirmed that witnesses told police that they heard the officer repeatedly telling the suspect, "Don't do this!" and the suspect repeatedly telling the officer, "I'm going to kill you." Johnson said the officer had one second to make a life or death decision, and that the video shows the officer had every reason to believe the suspect was armed and that he was in danger. He said Officer Earomirski "is one of my finest officers."
  • The officer involved in the September 23, 2015 shooting in Reisterstown is Officer Earomirski, assigned to Precinct 3/Franklin. He began his service with the Baltimore County Police Department on December 10, 2005. This is the first time he has been involved in a shooting.
  • The suspect fatally shot by police on September 23, 2015 is Keith Harrison McLeod, 19. His last known address is the 1200 block of Faraday Place NE, Washington, D.C.

UPDATE: September 24, 2015:

Homicide detectives this morning identified the man who tried to obtain a prescription illegally at a Reisterstown pharmacy and was fatally shot during a subsequent confrontation with a BCoPD officer. The man's name will be released as soon as police notify next of kin.

Detectives obtained video evidence  from nearby businesses that captures the confrontation. The footage shows the suspect aggressively advancing on a single officer, who retreats with his gun drawn.  The footage shows the suspect reaching around to the small of his back and abruptly whipping his hand around and pointing it toward the officer, as if with a weapon. The officer fires his weapon as the suspect swiftly brings his hand forward from his waistband. On the ground, the suspect refuses to comply and keeps reaching into his waistband, as if for a weapon.

Witnesses told detectives that they heard the officer repeatedly giving the suspect commands to "stop," and that they heard the suspect shouting profanities at the officer.

The state Medical Examiner has confirmed that the suspect -- transported to Northwest Hospital, where he was declared deceased -- was shot three times. Three shots were fired, police have confirmed.

A weapon was not found.

Narcotics detectives confirm that the suspect tried to obtain Promethazine plus Codeine at the Nature Care pharmacy. This is a narcotic cough syrup, often combined with alcohol to produce a "high."

The officer has been placed on administrative leave, standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting. This is an ongoing Homicide investigation that will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State's Attorney.

Original release:

Police are investigating a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred late this afternoon on Main Street in Reisterstown. 

The investigation, still in its early stages, shows that at about 4:50 p.m. a man walked into the Nature Care pharmacy in the unit block of Main Street, 21136 (Precinct 3/Franklin) and presented a forged prescription. The pharmacist notified police, and an officer promptly responded.

The officer located the suspect in the parking lot outside the pharmacy, and the suspect subsequently led the officer on a foot chase that continued across Main Street and behind businesses on the east side of the street.

A confrontation occurred between the officer and the suspect, and multiple shots were fired. The suspect is deceased, and the officer was not injured. The circumstances remain under investigation by the Homicide Unit. 

Police, who have not yet recovered a weapon, have not completed a search of the crime scene. Police also have not finished taking statements from several witnesses to the incident. 

The suspect has not yet been identified. 

The officer's last name, rank and assignment will be released in about 48 hours, per the terms of BCoPD's agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4.

Maryland State Police have charged a probationary Baltimore County Police officer with reckless endangerment following a firearms incident yesterday in Harford County.

Stephen W. Ehatt, 25, of Perry Hall was released on his own recognizance. Assigned to the Towson precinct, he has been placed on administrative duties and suspended with pay.

Ehatt and a friend (also charged with reckless endangerment) were legally shooting firearms in a wooded area along Philadelphia and Edgewood roads at about 11 a.m. when they inadvertently shot in an unsafe direction. A bullet struck a vehicle driving along Edgewood Road. No one was injured. 

The weapons recovered by MSP were legally owned.

Questions about this case should be referred to MSP.

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