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A Baltimore County police officer fatally shot himself in his office at Eastern Technical High School in Essex earlier today.

Police and medics were dispatched to the school in the 1100 block of Mace Avenue, 21221, around 12:23 p.m. for a call of an officer down. First responders found the officer in his office in the basement of the school suffering from a single gunshot wound to the upper body. He was transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Based on surveillance video obtained from the school, detectives determined that the officer, identified as Officer J. Comegna, the permanent School Resource Officer for Eastern Tech, walked down the hallway alone and entered his office. Faculty heard the sound of a gunshot and responded to the SRO office where they found Officer Comegna suffering from a gunshot wound. Officer Comegna was found alone in the office. Officers recovered a single firearm from the scene, Officer Comegna's duty weapon. Detectives have determined that a single round was fired from Officer Comegna's duty weapon. While Officer Comegna was wearing a body-worn camera it was not activated at the time of the incident. The preliminary evidence indicates that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted and the officer's death is being investigated as a suicide.

Eastern Tech was briefly put on lock-down status as the incident developed and was initially investigated by police but the school was dismissed on schedule. School administrators have indicated that school is expected to reopen tomorrow with crisis counselors on hand to assist any students or faculty members that may need assistance, but parents are encouraged to check with the school regarding the possibility of closure in the morning.

Officer Comegna is a 21-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department in good standing. He has been a School Resource Officer for twelve years, permanently assigned to Eastern Tech for four years. He is friend and family to many, and will be sorely missed as we work to comprehend this tragedy. 

A single alarm fire late last night in Lansdowne has claimed the life of a 69-year-old woman.

Eleanor Jean Daniels was found inside the home in the 3100 block of Aspen Court by Baltimore County Fire crews.  She was pronounced deceased on the scene.

Crews were dispatched to the residence at 10:44 p.m. after a neighbor had called 911 stating that the home was on fire.  Engine 372, from the English Consul Volunteer Fire Department, was on-scene within six minutes and found heavy fire conditions from the rear of the end-of-group townhouse.  

As crews began their initial attack on the fire, a small explosion occurred.  This is preliminarily believed to be an oxygen tank inside the home which had ruptured.

The fire was placed under control at 11:15 p.m.  Three firefighters suffered minor injuries but were not transported from the scene.  

15 fire department units and approximately 40 personnel responded to the fire.  Fire investigators from the Baltimore County Police Department are working to determine the cause of the fire.

Just after 5:00 p.m. on November 6, 2018, Baltimore County Police responded to a crash near the intersection of Lakeside Boulevard and Wheelwright Drive, 21117. Officers determined that a 2002 Acura TL was traveling eastbound on Lakeside Boulevard when the car crossed a grass median and struck a 2010 Cadillac STX, which was traveling westbound on Lakeside. The Acura contained three other passengers at the time of the collision. One passenger was transported to Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased at 6:00 p.m. He has been identified as Kylek Larry Joseph, 21, of the 4600-block of Mews Drive, 21117. Two other passengers of the Acura were transported to a local hospital, one of which is listed in critical condition.

The driver of the Cadillac was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Crash officers are continuing their investigation at this time.

Revised June 27, 2017