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The Baltimore County Police Department confirms 34 homicides in 2016.

All but six of those cases have been cleared. BCoPD’s Homicide Unit’s clearance rate continues to exceed state and national averages. Its overall clearance rate for 2016 – which under FBI Uniform Crime Reporting guidelines includes cases from previous years that were solved this year – stands at 106 percent. Nine cases from previous years were solved in 2016.

FBI statistics show the national clearance rate for murder in 2015 at 61.5 percent.

“I continue to be very proud of the men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. "They work hard to develop positive relationships in the community, and trust is a major factor in the outstanding clearance rates the department delivers year in and year out.”

Cases are “cleared” by arrest of a suspect or by exceptional means, such as death of the offender or the victim’s refusal to cooperate with prosecution after the offender has been identified.

“Our clearance rates for murder are a noteworthy accomplishment, and I am grateful to our detectives, officers and professional staff for it,” said Police Chief Jim Johnson. “Some cases are solved within days, some take years. What’s important for our citizens, and the families of victims, is to know that the men and women who work these homicide cases never give up on them no matter how long it takes. Our clearance rates are proof of that.”

Baltimore County – with a population of more than 823,000 people – confirms 33 homicides in 2015.

UPDATE (December 28, 2016  2:32 p.m.):

After a review by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney, the Baltimore County Police Department has released video from two Body Worn Cameras worn by officers during the December 23 incident in which a man was shot by an officer after he moved at police in a threatening manner.

Just before 11:00 p.m. on December 23, Baltimore County Police officers responded to an apartment in the 4600 block of Debilen Circle 21208 for a disturbance call. Officers knocked on the door of the apartment, which was the source of the call.

A man answered the door with a knife in his hand and moved towards the officers in a threatening manner. One of the officers fired his service weapon at the suspect, striking him once in the upper body.

The suspect was taken to an area hospital for treatment. He has also been charged with several counts of first-degree assault.

The incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. The Homicide Unit investigates all police involved shootings. After the investigation is complete, the incident will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The officer involved in the shooting will be on administrative status while the incident is being reviewed.

The Body Worn Camera footage can be found on the Baltimore County Police Department YouTube Channel at the links below.

Officer Remmers’ Body Worn Camera footage.

Body Worn Camera footage from another officer.

UPDATE (December 27, 2016 10:20 a.m.):

The Baltimore County Police Department has identified the officer involved in the shooting incident December 23 in Pikesville as Officer Remmers, a 7-year-veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department assigned to the Pikesville Precinct. He has not been involved in any previous shooting incidents.

The suspect shot in this incident has been identified as 48-year-old Bryant Junious Palmer who resided in the apartment where the incident occurred. He has been charged via an arrest warrant with three counts of first-degree assault and related charges. Bail information and Palmer’s current condition are not known at this time.

The incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Department Homicide Unit. After the investigation is complete, the incident will be reviewed by the Baltimore County States Attorney’s Office.

UPDATE (December 24, 2016 11:40 a.m.):

The suspect shot by County Police suffered non-life threatening injuries and is expected to survive. He continues to receive treatment at Sinai Hospital

Original release (December 24, 2016  2:56 a.m.):

Just before 11:00  p.m. on December 23, Baltimore County officers responded to the 4600 block of Debilen Circle, 21208 for a disturbance call. Officers knocked on the door of the apartment, which was the source of the call. A man answered the door with a knife in his hand. After exchanging word, the man moved towards the officers in a threatening manner. One of the officers fired his service weapon at the suspect. The man suffered a single wound to the upper body and was transported to a local hospital. The suspect's current condition is unknown. The officer will be placed on routine administrative leave. The investigation will be reviewed by the State's Attorney's office, once its completed. 

UPDATE (December 27, 2016  3:43 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the victim of a fatal Christmas Day shooting in Lansdowne as 25-year-old Kwame Michael Grissom of the 300 block of South Mount Street 21217.

Just after 5 p.m. on December 25, police responded to the 300 block of Bigley Avenue 21227 for a report of a shooting. When officers arrived on the scene, they found Grissom who was suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Grissom was transported to Saint Agnes Hospital where he died.

The incident remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. Detectives will be working to determine if this was a targeted crime.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Original release (December 25, 2016  8:34 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a homicide in the Lansdowne area. Just after 5:00 p.m., officers received a call for a shooting in the 300-block of Bigley Avenue, 21227. When officers arrived, they found a 25-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to Saint Agnes Hospital Center, where he was pronounced deceased. Police continue to investigate and do not have any additional details at this time. Anyone with information concerning this murder is asked to call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020. 

 
 
Revised September 27, 2016