Detectives from Baltimore County Police and the New York Police Department last night briefly interviewed the Owings Mills woman shot Saturday by the man who killed two NYPD officers later the same day. She confirmed that during their altercation the suspect gave no indication that he intended to commit violence against police officers.
The victim, Shaneka Nicole Thompson, 29, of the 10000 block of Mill Run Circle, 21117, remains hospitalized in critical condition at a local medical facility. She is expected to recover from a gunshot wound to the abdomen.
One Baltimore County and two New York detectives spoke to Thompson for less than an hour Sunday evening.
Thompson told detectives that Ismaaiyl Abdula Brinsley, 28, who is not from Maryland and whose current address is unknown, unexpectedly showed up at her door at about 5:25 a.m. Saturday. The two had been involved in a romantic relationship. The shooting, Thompson said, was preceded by a domestic dispute over the status of their relationship.
Contrary to unofficial reports, Brinsley did not have a key to Thompson’s apartment. He somehow gained entrance to the lobby of the secured building and knocked on her door, which she opened.
At no time during the argument did Brinsley say he was planning to commit violence against police, Thompson said. Brinsley did not talk about police at all during the argument, she said.
(Thompson’s family has asked for privacy and that media refrain from seeking interviews with them.)
BCoPD provides the following timeline of relevant events leading up to the fatal shooting of two NYPD officers Saturday afternoon:
- 5:51 a.m., Baltimore County Police are dispatched to the 10000 block of Mill Run Circle for a report of a shooting. Officers find the victim, suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen, on the third floor of the apartment building. The victim, Thompson, provides the suspect’s name – Ismaaiyl Brinsley – and description. Police quickly learn that he stole her cell phone. Police immediately broadcast information about the suspect to the local law enforcement community. Police do not know what mode of transportation the suspect used to flee.
- 6:32 a.m., BCoPD begins tracking the victim’s cell phone because of an emergent situation involving a violent suspect.
- 7:46 a.m., signals from the phone show a general location along I-95, near the Susquehanna River. BCoPD notifies the JFK barracks of the Maryland State Police.
- Approximately 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., BCoPD track the phone north through New Jersey.
- 10:24 a.m., BCoPD track the phone to the Lincoln Tunnel.
- 1:30 p.m., BCoPD detectives learn from the victim’s family and friends for the first time of Instagram posts by Brinsley containing overt threats against police. BCoPD quickly located the posts, which indicate that the phone is in Brooklyn, NY.
- About 1:45 p.m., BCoPD prepare a “wanted” flyer for distribution to relevant law enforcement agencies – specifically, NYPD.
- 2:10 p.m., a BCoPD detective from the Violent Crimes Unit telephones NYPD’s 60th Precinct in Brooklyn to advise that a suspect wanted for a shooting that morning might be in New York and has posted threats against police. The BCoPD detective was directed to another Brooklyn precinct, the 70th Precinct, because the phone most recently had been tracked to that precinct.
The BCoPD detective spoke with a NYPD officer for about 30 minutes, providing all known details about the situation. During the phone call, the NYPD officer viewed the Instagram posts, which included photos of Brinsley.
NYPD asked BCoPD to send the “wanted” flyer – which contained the same photos shown on the Instagram posts – to the precinct fax machine. BCoPD scanned the flyer and sent it to NYPD, as requested.
NYPD also asks BCoPD to send a teletype with all relevant information to NYPD’s Real Time Crime Center, a data warehouse.
- 2:46 p.m., BCoPD sends the “wanted” flyer. (In earlier posts, we reported that the flyer was sent at 2:10 p.m.; in fact, the flyer was sent after the conclusion of the phone conversation with NYPD that included viewing of the Instagram posts.)
- 2:49 p.m., BCoPD sends the teletype to NYPD’s Real Time Crime Center.
- 3 p.m., BCoPD receives a phone call from the 70th Precinct in New York advising that two NYPD officers were shot at 2:48 p.m. in another Brooklyn precinct.
The investigation has determined that Brinsley discarded the victim’s cell phone before the fatal shooting, leaving it several miles from where the two police officers were shot.
The investigations of the Owings Mills shooting and the murders of the NYPD officers remain active and ongoing. The police report from the Owings Mills shooting will not be released until the conclusion of these investigations.
BCoPD detectives have determined that Brinsley acted alone; there are no associates involved with the Owings Mills shooting.
There is no indication of any prior criminal activity by Brinsley in Maryland, nor is there any confirmation of gang affiliation. Police are confident Brinsley has no ties to the Baltimore area except Thompson.