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Keyword: pepper spray

Charges are pending against a 20-year-old man who assaulted an acquaintance with a chemical spray last night at the Towson Town Center.

The exact type of chemical spray has not been determined but it appears similar to mace or pepper spray, housed in a canister for personal protection.

Fire and Police Department personnel responded to the Towson Town Center in the 800 block of Dulaney Valley Road at about 8:15 p.m. for a report of a possible chemical irritant  in the mall, on the third floor. EMS personnel promptly evaluated about a half dozen people who had been affected by the irritant. One -- a pregnant woman -- was transported to The Johns Hopkins Hospital as a precautionary measure. Several other people refused medical transport, including the man who told police that the suspect deliberately sprayed him with the chemical.

This victim told police that the suspect -- a friend -- confronted him on the third floor of the mall and quickly pulled out a small canister, spraying him with the chemical.

Assault charges are pending against the suspect, who will be identified once he is formally charged.

Fire Department units cleared the scene by about 9:20 p.m.

UPDATE (December 11, 2015  11:34 a.m.):

Many students were evaluated by medical personnel at the scene in reference to this incident; however only eight students and one teacher were transported to area hospitals for further evaluation.

Original release (December 11, 2015  10:18 a.m.):

At 8:32 a.m. this morning, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to Deep Creek Middle School in the 1000 block of Marlyn Avenue 21221 for a report of a strange odor. The odor caused the evacuation of students from the school.

An investigation into the incident has indicated that a 12-year-old female seventh grade student had brought a small can of pepper spray to school, which accidentally discharged. The discharge affected multiple students and teachers. Police have taken the pepper spray container into evidence. Any criminal charges against the student will depend on the outcome of the investigation.

Medical personnel transported between seven and 15 students and one teacher to area hospitals for evaluation. The information will be updated when the exact numbers are confirmed.

Students were allowed back into the school at approximately 9:45 a.m.

Approximately 21 pieces of Baltimore County Fire Department equipment were assigned to the incident.

Update (December 17, 2013): Under the terms of BCoPD's agreement with Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4, we are releasing certain information about officers involved in this shooting. They are: Officer Small, a nine-year veteran assigned to Precinct 4/Pikesville; and Officer Cowley, a three-year veteran assigned to Precinct 4/Pikesville.

Update (December 16, 2013): Elisha Pridgeon has been identified as the suspect shot by police on December 15. He has been arrested and charged and is now being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center with bail denied.

Photo of Elisha Pridgeon, arrested and charged in police involved shooting incident.Baltimore County Police are currently investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred early this morning.

On December 15, at approximately 6:02 a.m., police were dispatched to the 3700 block of Old Milford Mill Road, 21208 for a check on subject call involving a woman screaming. Upon arrival, officers were informed that the unidentified male suspect attempted to attack a female who was walking near the location. Officers then spoke with the suspect, who was believed to be armed with a knife, and refused to comply with the officers' commands. Officers used tasers, pepper spray and ASP batons in attempt to take the suspect who was large in build into custody. The suspect was able to elude the officers and jumped inside a vehicle he was driving. The suspect then attempted to strike the officers with the vehicle. Two of the officers then discharged their firearms striking the victim at least once. After a very brief pursuit, the suspect who is not being identified at this time was taken into custody.

This incident prompted response by officers from the Franklin and Woodlawn Precincts to assist.

The suspect was immediately transported by Baltimore County EMS personnel to an area hospital. However, the suspect was still being combative and required three officers to escort him to the hospital with the ambulance. Several officers received minor injuries that did not require medical treatment. The female victim in this case was unharmed.

Baltimore County Police detectives are conducting their investigation. The officers involved in the shooting will be assigned to administrative duties until the preliminary investigation has been completed. The officers involved will be identified at a later time per department policy.

Revised June 27, 2017