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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.

The Baltimore County Police Department celebrates National Volunteer Appreciation Week with a dinner for volunteers on April 13. The event will take place at the Baltimore Yacht Club, 800 Baltimore Yacht Club Road, Essex, 21221. The evening will begin with dinner and awards at 6 p.m.

Volunteers answer phones, handle clerical work and assist with statistical data, among other duties. Their participation allows officers to focus on patrol and investigation.

Expected to attend the dinner are more than 75 volunteers and members of the Police Auxiliary Team, as well as Chief James Johnson.

National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 10-16.

This May, Baltimore County Police will work with area children to sharpen their basketball skills. The basketball clinic is free to County kids 8 to 14.

For three Saturdays in May, officers from around the County will share their basketball tips and know-how with the youngsters. The children and police officers will play on state-of-the-art courts to develop their skills in teamwork and hoops.

The Baltimore County Police basketball clinics will run from 9 a.m. to noon on each of the following dates at the locations listed below.

  • May 7: Liberty Road Resource Center, 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown 21133
  • May 14: Cockeysville PAL Center, 9836 Greenside Drive, Cockeysville 21030
  • May 21: Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center, 323 Sollers Point Road, Dundalk 21222

The children will also learn more about the police officers who work in their neighborhoods. This is a great opportunity for police officers and youngsters to interact with each other. The officers are great role models for young people.

Download and submit the Basketball Clinic permission slip/waiver (PDF) to register for a basketball clinic near you.

Kids are encouraged to invite their friends. There is nothing like a good game of “bball” on a Saturday morning with friends from your neighborhood. Plus there will be free water bottles and snacks for all.


Revised April 6, 2016