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UPDATE (August 3, 2017 11:48 a.m.):

Police have identified the victim in last night's shooting as Kavon Terrell Washington (32) of the 1500 block of North Luzerne Avenue, 21213.

The Baltimore County Homicide Unit continues to investigate this crime. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020.

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Original Release (August 2, 2017 9:51 p.m.):

Just after 4:30 p.m. on August 2, 2017, Baltimore County Police received calls for a man lying near the curb of Stanley Road and Rosalie Road, 21227. Officers arrived and found the adult male suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators do not have any additional details but do believe that this is not a random act. The victim's body will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in order to determine the cause and manner of the victim's death. 

If anyone has information concerning this homicide, please call Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020. 

UPDATE (August 2, 2017 2:02 p.m.):

Police have identified the deceased suspect in yesterday's police-involved shooting as Christopher Evin Clapp (35) with no fixed address.

The officer involved in the shooting is identified as Police Officer First Class McCain of Precinct 8. He is a 16-1/2 year veteran of the force with one prior combat shooting in 2006 that did not result in a fatality.

Original Release (August 1, 2017 5:12 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting early this morning at the Giant grocery store in Catonsville.

Just before 4 a.m. police responded to the 6000 block of Baltimore National Pike after an off-duty, uniformed Baltimore County Police Officer, working secondary employment at Giant, shot and killed a fleeing suspect as the officer was being dragged by the suspect vehicle over 100 feet across the parking lot.

The suspect previously entered the Giant store with canvas grocery bags and filled them with merchandise, including household items such as laundry detergent. The officer watched the suspect walk past all working registers with the bags of merchandise, making no attempt to pay for the items before exiting the store. The officer quickly confirmed with an employee that the suspect had not paid for the items he’d taken, then followed the suspect outside of the store where he saw him get into the driver’s seat of a Lincoln vehicle with a North Carolina registration plate waiting on the parking lot.

The officer approached the driver side window and verbally engaged the suspect, who responded by putting the car’s gear into drive. The officer reached into the vehicle, ordering the suspect to stop the vehicle multiple times, but the suspect rapidly accelerated, squealing the vehicle’s tires on the pavement and speeding away, dragging the officer with the vehicle. Witnesses heard the officer telling the driver to stop multiple times.  The officer drew his service weapon and fired shots into the vehicle at the suspect, killing the suspect and stopping the vehicle.  The deceased suspect’s identity is not being released until notification of next of kin.

An adult male who was in the front seat of the suspect’s Lincoln at the time of the incident was unharmed, but taken to an area hospital for treatment of chest pains following the incident. He has given police an account of the events that is consistent with the accounts of other independent witnesses at the scene and surveillance video obtained from the Giant store.  The Giant grocery store video will be made available at a later time.

Police determined that the Lincoln was not currently registered but was displaying a North Carolina tag registered to a Subaru. Police are still investigating to determine how the suspect came into possession of the Lincoln, which is not currently reported stolen.

While the officer was wearing his Baltimore County Police issued uniform, he was not equipped with a body-worn camera. The body-worn camera policy does not require it be worn with the uniform if an officer is working in a secondary employment capacity.

Per the agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4, the officer involved in the shooting will not be identified at this time. The Homicide Unit investigates all police-involved shootings. Once the investigation is complete, the incident will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. The Baltimore County Firearms Discharge Review Board also examines every shot fired by police for compliance with agency policy. As standard procedure, the officer will be placed on administrative status during this process.

UPDATE (July 5, 2017 11:01 a.m.):

Police have charged Raymond Vladas Armalis Jr. (37) of the 1000 block of South Beechfield Avenue, 21229 with 1st and 2nd Degree murder in the shooting death of a man in Arbutus last night.

The victim is identified as Charles Edward Watson Jr. (46) of the 700 block of North Ashburton Street in Baltimore, 21216.

The victim was visiting his girlfriend when Armalis arrived home just before 8 p.m., and the two men began to argue outside of the home. At some point Armalis went inside and retrieved a gun, walked back outside and immediately shot the victim at least once in the upper body. A neighbor called 9-1-1. Police arrived and took Armalis into custody without incident.

First arriving officers began life-saving efforts on the victim, who was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma, but he was later pronounced deceased.


Armalis is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on no bail status.

Original Release (July 4, 2017 11:29 p.m.):

Police are investigating after a man was shot earlier this evening following an argument with the suspect.

The 37-year-old suspect was taken into custody at the scene after police were called for a shooting in the 1000 block of South Beechfield Avenue in Arbutus, 21229. The victim, who is known to the suspect, was shot at least once in the upper body, suffering a life-threatening injury.

Police are withholding the name of the suspect pending formal charges.

Revised June 27, 2017