Teen Charged in Connection With Officer Death
Suspect Arrested For Weapons Possession
Update: A teen surrendered in the Winters Lane August 19 shooting. That shooting led to a search warrant service in Precinct 1/Wilkens where Officer Jason Schneider was fatally shot and another teen was charged with weapons possession.
Baltimore County, Maryland (August 29, 2013) - Taquan Barney, 17, of the unit block of Shipley Avenue, 21228, has been charged as an adult with firearm violations. He was arrested inside the home during the search warrant service on Roberts Avenue yesterday morning after the fatal shooting of Police Officer First Class Jason Schneider. While searching the suspect, officers found a loaded .22 caliber handgun in his front pants pocket. Taquan Barney is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
That firearm and one additional firearm were recovered. Detectives are currently tracing those weapons and determining how the suspects came to be in possession of the weapons.
Suspect Shot By Police Dies
The man suspected of fatally shooting Baltimore County Police Officer Jason Schneider died at Shock Trauma on August 28. He has been identified as Tevon Smith, 25, of the unit block of Roberts Avenue, 21228. Tevon Smith is the only suspect believed to have shot Officer Schneider.
All subjects inside the home at the time of the warrant service were detained.
Preliminary investigation has shown that Officer Schneider's vest stopped several rounds, but that one round travelled underneath his vest, striking him in the back.
Police Officer First Class Jason Schneider, 36, died at Shock Trauma after being shot while serving a warrant in Precinct 1/Wilkens.
Search For Suspect Continues
On August 19 at 10:11 pm, officers responded for a shooting in the 100 block of Winters Lane. A 29-year-old man got into an argument with the suspect, and the suspect shot him. The victim was transported to the hospital and is expected to survive his injuries.
Police continue to search for the 16-year-old suspect wanted for the shooting on August 19.
The investigation into the shooting led detectives to a home in the unit block of Roberts Avenue on the morning of August 28. Tactical officers, including Officer Schneider, entered the home and encountered several subjects. There was an exchange of gunfire and the officer and the suspect were both shot.
Another officer also discharged his weapon. The officer involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.
The incident remains under investigation.
Response From Police Chief
Chief Johnson stated, "Jason was extraordinarily experienced. He was a leader within the unit. This is a terrible loss for Baltimore County. His noble work is greatly appreciated, and his bravery and role in the great human experience brought us here today. Low crime rates mean nothing today...all that matters is that we lost a police officer."
Revised September 3, 2013