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UPDATE (August 27  5:17 p.m.):

Muhammad Hasnet Shakeelabassi has been returned to Maryland and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

UPDATE (August 19  11:41 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the suspect who is responsible for the homicide in Catonsville yesterday as 18-year-old Muhammad Hasnet Shakeelabassi. He is the victim’s son and lived in the home.

Just before noon yesterday, police responded to a home in the 1000 block of Southridge Road 21228 for a call coded as a cardiac arrest. When they arrived at the scene, they found the victim, 50-year-old Shakeel Ahmed Abbasi suffering from traumatic injuries. He was declared deceased at the scene.

Detectives were able to find evidence of stab wounds and bludgeoning. An autopsy will be conducted today to determine an official cause and manner of death.

The initial investigation into the incident has indicated that the victim’s wife received a call from a relative in New Jersey asking her to check on the victim. The relative in New Jersey has received a text message from Muhammad Hasnet Shakeelabbasi asking them to check on the victim. When the victim’s wife went to check on him, she found him not moving and covered with blood so she called 911. The call was dispatched as a cardiac arrest because of how dispatch software coded the call.

Shakeelabassi had been home earlier in the day but was now missing along with the victim’s vehicle, a Honda van. Shakeelabassi was located at approximately 5:30 p.m. along with the victim’s van at a rest stop on the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bowmansville, Pennsylvania.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Muhammad Hasnet Shakeelabassi charging him with first-degree murder.

Shakeelabassi remains in Pennsylvania awaiting extradition back to Maryland.

UPDATE (August 18  9:47 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the homicide victim from the 1000 block of Southridge Road as 50-year-old Shakeel Ahmed Abbasi.

Police have taken one suspect, who was known to the victim, into custody in connection with this incident. Formal charges have not yet been filed.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Original release (August 18  1:37 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a homicide in the 1000 block of Southridge Road, 21228.

Officers were dispatched at 11:48 a.m. for a report of cardiac arrest. When they arrived at the residence, they found an adult male with traumatic injuries. The victim was declared deceased at the scene.

The Homicide unit is on scene investigating. Detectives believe that this is a targeted crime.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call police at 410-307-2020.

Crime prevention, police partnerships, outreach and public safety education to schools, communities and all segments of our society are the responsibility of every single Baltimore County police officer, said Chief Jim Johnson in announcing a departmental reorganization. The reorganization will further enhance and build upon the agency’s long-standing and a very successful community policing program.

In the past, Johnson said the department’s Community Resources Bureau was separate from the Operations Bureau, leading some officers to feel that building community relationships and working with young people was the primary responsibility of the Community Resources Bureau, or the work of outreach teams in individual precincts.

“Especially in today’s environment, this mind set must change in public safety”, Johnson said. “Our effectiveness rests on the confidence of people we serve. It is critical that we enhance programming and build confidence and relationships with our younger citizens, organizations and all communities in our great County. This is every officer’s business. This is every officer’s role and responsibility – from the Chief all the way to the officers and professional staff members of what I believe is the finest police department in America.”

Effective immediately, the Safe Schools Section, which manages the School Resource Officer program and is liaison to Baltimore County Public Schools, will report to the Operations Bureau, Patrol Division. This will provide better clarity of communication, and coordination of investigations, tactics and procedures to further enhance the safety of our students, faculty and staff that work in our exceptional school system.

A new Youth & Community Resources Section will comprise a Counseling Team, Youth Initiatives and a new Community Partnership Team. This Section will become part of the Operations Bureau reporting to the Operations Commander.

Ten officers assigned to the Juvenile Offenders in Need of Supervision (J.O.I.N.S.) will be reassigned from Police Headquarters to the ten precincts county -wide, allowing families and children in the J.O.I.N.S. Program more convenient, closer to home, police visits and interaction, as well as counseling.

Baltimore County’s very successful and valued Auxiliary Police Program, in which volunteers provide traffic control and other basic operational support to sworn officers, will become part of the Operations Bureau, Support Operations Division.

With this reorganization, the agency will operate under two Bureaus, which will no doubt enhance communications, expedite police response and coordination of crime prevention, community policing and outreach, investigation and patrol services, as well as provide the most robust youth, crime prevention, counseling, and education resources available.

On Monday, June 22 at 11 a.m., Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson and Irv Litofsky, Director of the Forensics Services Section, received a certificate of accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) International. Troy Hamlin, Accreditation Program Manager, made the presentation.

Forensics Services recently received the hard earned and prestigious accreditation through ASCLD/LAB International. The ISO17025 standards are rigorous and exacting making this achievement all the more exciting.

Baltimore County Forensic Services is one of five local labs in the state to earn the ASCLD/LAB International accreditation.

All disciplines within the lab were reviewed. Those include:

  • Drug Chemistry
  • Trace Evidence
  • Biology
  • Firearms Tool marks
  • Latent Prints
  • Crime Scene
  • Digital Multimedia Evidence

Currently, 396 crime laboratories are accredited by ASCLD/LAB throughout the world.

Chief Johnson says, "This accreditation reflects the integrity, intelligence and dedication to excellence by our staff of professionals in our Forensics lab. Our officers and these dedicated men and women work together to make Baltimore County a safe place to live and work."

The presentation took place at the Public Safety Building, 700 East Joppa Road, Towson, Maryland 21286.

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