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The Baltimore County Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit is investigating a shooting early this morning near Ebbing Court in Essex.

The incident occurred at about 12:47 a.m. in a wooded area near Ebbing Court. Police responded to this wooded area and found a 21-year-old man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim was transported to a local hospital. Because of his injuries, police have not yet been able to interview him about the cirumstances of the shooting.

This is an ongoing investigation. Detectives are looking into whether this was a targeted crime.

Baltimore County Police Officers are wearing mourning bands on their badges today in memory of a fallen hero.

In the early morning hours of August 28, 2013, Police Officer First Class Jason Schneider (36) responded as a member of the Tactical Unit to assist with service of a search and seizure warrant at a home on Roberts Avenue in Precinct 1/Wilkens. The warrant was connected to the investigation of a shooting that had occurred nine days earlier.

When the Tactical Unit, led by Officer Schneider, entered the home, it encountered armed suspects. There was an exchange of gunfire, and Officer Schneider was hit. He died of his injuries later that morning at the University of Maryland's R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore.

Officer Schneider is the ninth member of the Baltimore County Police Department to give his life in service to his fellow citizens.

"We continue to feel grief at Jason's loss," said Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson. "This was an experienced police officer, a leader and a friend to many in the police community. Only time will help us move past this tragedy. Meanwhile, I encourage us to seek comfort in our memories of Jason and pride in his brave and selfless sacrifice."

Baltimore County Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing man.

William Charles Ellis, 60, was last seen today around 11:30 am at Franklin Square Hospital in the 9100 block of Franklin Square Drive, 21237. Mr. Ellis is described as a white male, 6’0”, 270 pounds, with brown hair, and brown eyes. He is wearing green scrubs and has a medical boot on one foot.

Mr. Ellis is a ward of the state and suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome and Schizophrenia. William was transported to Franklin Square Hospital to receive medical treatment but walked away from area. A search of the area was unsuccessful.

Anyone with information concerning William Ellis is asked to call the Baltimore County Police at (410) 307-2020

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