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UPDATE (July 22 2:44 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the person shot by a Baltimore County Police Officer early this morning as 19-year-old Briatay McDuffie of the 4200 block of Sheldon Avenue 21206.

Briatay McDuffie and two other subjects were in a stolen 2013 Toyota Corolla. Police followed the car into the area around Apperson Road and Smiloff Road. The Corolla turned down Madge Court and had turned around when an officer turned onto the court. The Corolla rammed the police car and one of the occupants exited the vehicle and fled. The two other persons in the Corolla later exited the vehicle when it was on Madge Court and fled the scene.

An extensive search for the occupants of the Corolla was conducted and all were found within 2 hours in the neighborhood.

An officer located Briatay McDuffie, who had been driving the Corolla, deep in a wooded area. During that encounter, Briatay McDuffie was shot by the officer. He was declared deceased at the scene.

The Toyota Corolla was reported stolen in Baltimore City on Monday.

Original release (July 22 10 a.m.):

At 12:31 a.m. this morning, a Baltimore County Police officer located a suspicious vehicle at Apperson Road and Smiloff Road 21162. Officers suspected that the vehicle might be stolen.

The suspicious vehicle rammed the police vehicle; all three occupants exited that vehicle and fled the scene.

After an extensive search, all three suspects were located. Two of the suspects were taken into custody. One of the suspects was shot during an encounter with an officer. That suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene by medical personnel.

The officer involved in the shooting sustained non-life-threatening injuries. That officer has been placed on administrative status while the incident is reviewed.

Further investigation revealed that the suspicious vehicle had been stolen in Baltimore City.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

At 4:58 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Baltimore County Police and Fire units responded to the unit block of Windermere Court 21117 for a report of a stabbing. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found an adult male victim in a vehicle suffering from a stab wound to the upper body. 

The victim was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. 

The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that the victim went to visit the suspect, who is his girlfriend, at an apartment in the 4600 block of Riverstone Drive 21117. During the visit, the suspect and the victim became involved in an altercation. During the altercation, the suspect stabbed the victim. The victim then fled the scene.

The suspect has been identified as 44-year-old Rhonda Leita Cauthen of the 4600 block of Riverstone Drive 21117. She has been charged with attempted first degree murder and related charges. She is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

This incident is being investigated by the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit.

Booking photo of Rhonda Leita Cauthen

At 8:56 p.m. Friday night, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to Back River Neck Road and Poles Road in Essex for a report of a pedestrian that had been struck by a car.

The initial investigation into this incident has indicated that a 2006 Hyundai Tiburon was traveling east-bound on Eastern Avenue at Poles Road. The Tiburon struck a pedestrian when the pedestrian stepped into its path. The Tiburon remained at the scene.

The pedestrian was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was later declared deceased. He has been identified as 71-year-old Willard Patrick Hagy Jr of the unit block of Fore Court 21221.

This incident is under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. When the Crash Team has completed its investigation, the report will be reviewed by the Baltimore County States Attorney’s Office.

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