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Updated Release 9/25/16 1:00 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have identified the second man involved in the September 23rd robbery of a Pikesville bank. Michael Eugene Stratton, 45, of the 500-block of West Presstman Street, 21217 has been charged with two counts of robbery. Stratton is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status. This suspect is believed to have been involved in several bank robberies in the Baltimore area during the month of September. More information will be release as it becomes available. 

Below is the booking picture of Michael Eugene Stratton: 

Updated Release 9/24/16 6:30 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have identified the man who was killed during the September 23rd robbery of a Pikesville bank. Oddis Bernard Colvin, Jr, 33, of the 8400 blk Winands Rd, 21208, was pronounced deceased shortly after the incident. An officer fired his service weapon when the vehicle operated by Colvin drove towards the officer. Additional information will be released once it becomes available. 

Original Release 9/23/16 3:00 p.m.

A suspect who had just participated in a Pikesville bank robbery was fatally shot by police this afternoon as he and a second suspect fled the scene in a car.

Both suspects are male. The suspect who was fatally shot was driving the car. The second suspect -- believed by police to be the "Aviator" serial bank robber wanted by the FBI --  suffered non-life threatening injuries; charges against him are pending.

The robbery occurred at 1:08 p.m. at the Wells Fargo bank in the 1500 block of Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. Information that the suspects had fled the scene in a vehicle was transmitted immediately to law enforcement. Officers shut down traffic in the area of Old Court and Falls roads in order to impede the suspects' flight along a likely escape route.

The investigation by the Homicide Unit is in its preliminary stages. This preliminary investigation indicates that officers were on foot on Old Court Road along the line of stopped traffic when a Ford Taurus traveling east on Old Court pulled out of the line of stopped traffic, crossed the center line and drove toward one of the officers. At about 1:20 p.m., as the vehicle was coming toward the officer, the officer fired into the front windshield of the car, striking the driver.

The car went through the intersection with Falls Road, continuing onto Ruxton Road and striking a civilian vehicle. This vehicle in turn struck a second civilian vehicle. No serious injuries are reported to the people in these vehicles.

The bank robbery was committed by passing a note, a common tactic among bank robbers. Police recovered money and bank property from the Taurus. Police have not recovered a weapon from the suspects or the suspect vehicle.

An administrative review is conducted for all police-involved shootings. The officer who fired his weapon will be placed on administrative status, a standard procedure. BCoPD intends to release his last name about 48 hours after the shooting, in accordance with its agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4.

In addition to the  Homicide investigation and the administrative review, the Baltimore County Firearms Discharge Review Board examines every shot fired by police for compliance with agency policy.

There is body camera footage from a responding officer at this scene. This footage does not capture the shooting itself. The officer who fired his weapon was not equipped with a camera; BCoPD's body camera program launched in July, and to date about 100 of the more than 1,400 officers who eventually will wear them have been assigned cameras.

UPDATE, September 2, 2016, 11:30 a.m.:

Police have identified the man who died in last night's stabbing in the 7800 block of Eastern Avenue, 21224. The victim is Gerrod Dominick Greenwood, 18, of the 400 block of 52nd St., Baltimore, 21224.

Through investigation, detectives have learned that two other people, not one, were injured in this altercation. A second male victim believed to have been injured in the incident walked in to a local hospital with stab wounds. He is expected to survive.

Police have no suspects at this time. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this case should call BCoPD at 410-307-2020.

Original release:

Just after 7:30 p.m. tonight, Baltimore County Police responded to the intersection of Eastern Avenue at 54th Street for a stabbing. When officers arrived, they found two men near the bus stop on Eastern Avenue. Each of the victims suffered from stab wounds to the upper body.

One man was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where he later died of his injuries. The second man was transported to another local hospital. He is expected to survive his injuries.

Police are investigating this homicide but have no further details to release at this time. If anyone has any information on this crime, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020. 

A 23-year-old woman was shot by Baltimore County officers after an hours-long standoff in which she repeatedly threatened police with a long gun. She was deceased at the scene.

A boy, 5, was shot in an extremity during this incident; he was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non life-threattening injuries. It is not clear whether the child was struck by a round from the woman's gun or by a round from a police service weapon.

The woman is Korryn Shandawn Gaines of the unit block of Sulky Court.

The incident began at about 9:20 a.m., when three officers went to an apartment in the unit block of Sulky Court in Randallstown to serve arrest warrants on two people, a man and a woman. The man was wanted for assault; the woman was wanted on a "failure to appear" bench warrant stemming from an array of traffic charges, including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Gaines was charged following a traffic stop last March.

Officers knocked on the apartment door and identified themselves as police. No one answered the door, but the officers heard the voices of a man and woman coming from inside the apartment, which they knew to be the address of the subjects. They also heard a child crying. After five to 10 minutes, one of the officers obtained a key to the apartment from the landlord and used it to open the door. The officer saw a woman sitting on the floor and pointing a long gun at him; this woman matched a photo of the woman sought in the warrant.

The officers retreated to the hallway outside the apartment and called for additional support. The male suspect ran from the apartment with a 1-year-old boy -- one of two children in the apartment with the couple -- and was apprehended by police. The armed woman remained inside with the 5-year-old boy, and a barricade situation began at about 9:40 a.m. and continued throughout the afternoon. The apartment building was evacuated to protect the safety of the other residents.

During the barricade, negotiators made every effort to talk to the woman and encourage her to surrender peacefully. She refused and pointed the long gun at tactical officers several times. There was a clear line of sight from where the officers were staged in the hallway through the open door to where Gaines was positioned inside the apartment.

At about 3 p.m., the woman once again pointed her weapon directly at a tactical officer and said, "If you don't leave, I'm going to kill you." At that point, fearing for the officers' lives, one of the officers fired his weapon. The woman returned fire, firing two shots. None of the officers were struck. The woman was struck multiple times and was deceased at the scene.

Ongoing Investigation

This is an active, ongoing investigation. The officers involved in this incident will be placed on administrative leave, standard procedure for all officer-involved shootings. Their names will be released approximately 48 hours from now, in accordance with BCoPD's contract with the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #4.

It is not yet clear if any of the officers involved in this event were equipped with body-worn cameras; BCoPD's camera program is weeks old, and few officers have been assigned cameras at this early stage of the program.

This is BCoPD's third officer-involved shooting so far this year, and the first fatal officer-involved shooting of 2016.

Additional information will be provided as the investigation progresses.

 
 

Revised June 28, 2016