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Residents of a Parkville community sheltered in place for several hours this afternoon as Baltimore County Police investigated a report of a possible hazardous device.

The police investigation began this morning when a concerned citizen contacted officers with specific details of possible hazardous devices at a neighborhood home. At 12:19 p.m., police responded to a home in the 3100 block of Texas Avenue in Precinct 8/Parkville to check the house.

Police set up a "safe zone" around the house as a precaution; directed residents in the immediate vicinity to shelter in place; and requested the BCoPD Hazardous Devices Team. The Fire Department's hazmat unit also responded.

Hazardous Devices personnel conducted a thorough search of the home and found no hazardous devices.

No one was inside the home during the search.

During a search of the neighborhood, police located a man who lives at the Texas Avenue address; they continue to question him. The investigation is ongoing.

Officer Joseph HardenA 10-year BCoPD veteran was charged late Thursday with attempted robbery and other crimes following a drug-related incident in Dundalk earlier this week.

Officer First Class Joseph Stanley Harden, 31, of the 700 block of York Road, 21204, has been released on $100,000 bail.

BCoPD suspended him with pay (including suspension of his police powers) immediately after Tuesday’s incident in Dundalk. He was arrested in Towson yesterday morning. Thursday night, he was suspended without pay after charges were filed.

Harden also is charged with attempted burglary, destruction of property and possession of CDS (not marijuana).

July 29 Incident

At about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a 911 call from a man who reported a burglary in progress in the 8200 block of Boundary Road, 21222. Specifically, the caller said someone claiming to be a police officer was trying to kick in his door.

The responding officers found no one at the home but saw an open rear window and a displaced window screen. Officers entered the apartment and found baggies containing what appeared to be marijuana.

Meanwhile, officers on N. Boundary Road pulled over a gray Toyota sedan traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver was Joseph Harden, who was wearing a gray shirt and his BCoPD badge around his neck. Soon after speaking with Harden, officers realized that Harden matched the description of a suspect given by witnesses who said they saw a man leaving the Boundary Road apartment.

Subsequent investigation included the execution of various search and seizure warrants and interviews with the 911 caller, a self-described drug dealer. The investigation showed that for several months Harden has been an associate of Stephen Singh Gomez, 25, of the 500 block of 47th St., 21224 – also a dealer and one of the victim’s customers. (Gomez also has been charged in this case.) Harden has purchased Oxycodone from Gomez several times over the past few months.

Gomez told police that on July 29 he purchased Oxycodone for Harden from the victim at the Boundary Road apartment, but that within an hour Harden requested more pills. The two returned to Boundary Road, and Harden attempted to force entry into the victim’s apartment. The victim told police that he fled in fear through the rear window.

Harden was arrested at his home Thursday morning. He admitted to his role in the N. Boundary Road incident and told police investigators that he is addicted to Oxycodone.

Chief Jim Johnson said that he is “deeply troubled by this officer’s actions. This department does not tolerate criminal conduct among its members, and this officer will face due process for what he has done. Yet we cannot help but be saddened by another troubling case of prescription medication abuse. This problem is pervasive in our society, and unfortunately no institution is immune to it. We hope that this officer and everyone struggling with addiction seeks and receives treatment.”

Background

Harden most recently was assigned to Precinct 8/Parkville, where he has been on modified duty as a result of injuries sustained in a June 2013 police-involved shooting at the Colony Motel on Pulaski Highway.

Harden – assigned to Precinct 11/Essex at the time – was one of three officers who struggled with a man who attempted to run over a woman with a motor scooter outside the motel. The suspect engaged the officers in a violent physical fight and succeeded in defeating one of the restraining devices that held one of the officer’s guns in her holster. As that officer screamed for help, and as the suspect tried to rip her gun from the holster, Harden fatally shot the suspect with his service weapon.

Like all police-involved shootings, this incident was reviewed by the Homicide Unit, a BCoPD internal shooting review board and the Baltimore County State’s Attorney. All three investigations found the shooting justified.

UPDATE (June 10):

The officer involved in the June 7 shooting in Parkville is Officer Rogers, an 18 year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department assigned to the Support Operations Division.

Officer Rogers responded to a home in the 2900 block of Manns Avenue 21234 at 10:45 p.m. June 7 for a domestic. While at the location, 39-year-old Michael Tindall Jr came out of the home with a handgun and refused officers orders to drop the weapon. Both Michael Tindall Jr and Officer Rogers fired. Michael Tindall Jr was struck. Officer Rogers was not.

Michael Tindall Jr remains hospitalized.

This incident remains under investigation.

Original release (June 8):

 At 10:45 p.m., officers were dispatched to a home in the 2900 block of Manns Avenue, 21234 for a domestic call. The caller advised that her husband was suicidal and had a gun. When officers arrived on scene, they began to communicate with the suspect. The suspect came outside the house armed with a handgun and he failed to follow officer commands to drop the weapon. Both the suspect and the officer fired, and the suspect was struck. The officer was not injured. 

39 year old Michael Tindall Jr. was transported to the hospital and he is currently listed in critical condition. The weapon was recovered on scene. 

Per policy, the 18 year veteran officer involved has been placed on administrative leave. 

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