The suspect in this afternoon's barricade and police-involved shooting in Harford County is a Baltimore County Police officer.
Officer First Class James L. Ward is a 19-year veteran of BCoPD currently assigned to the White Marsh precinct. He was off duty when the Harford County incident occurred. Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said Ward will be suspended without pay as soon as felony charges are filed by Harford County.
“I am shocked and saddened at the actions of one of our officers this afternoon," Johnson said. "I am thankful that none of the first responders and police personnel who handled this call were physically injured. We hope that the Baltimore County officer involved in this incident receives the medical help he apparently needs so desperately.”
There are no open Internal Affairs investigations involving Officer Ward.