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Photo of Officer John Stem, who died in the line of duty in October 2000.Baltimore County Police Officers are wearing mourning bands on their badges today in memory of a fallen hero.

Officer John Stem died on October 19, 2000 of complications of paraplegia caused by a line-of-duty gunshot wound he suffered in July 1977. Officer Charles Huckeba was fatally wounded during the same incident in Precinct 1 Wilkens. Officers Stem and Huckeba and other officers were trying to subdue an agitated, armed, 19-year-old man who barricaded himself in his family’s home.

Update (10/18/17 8:40 p.m.)

Giselle Melgar has been located and returned home. 

Original Release (10/17/17 8:15 p.m.)

Baltimore County Police are seeking to locate a missing girl. Giselle Melgar, 13, from the 1600-block of Poles Road, 21221, was last seen just before 4:30 p.m. today. Melgar is described as a Hispanic female, 5’5”, 105 pounds, black hair, and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a long sleeve gray sweatshirt, distressed jeans, fury slip-on sandals, with her hair in a bun held by a rainbow hair clip.

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

Baltimore County Police have charged a man in connection with a shooting in Essex Saturday evening.

Alexander Morgan Francis (29) of the 1000 block of Foxridge Lane in Essex, 21221, is charged with 1st Degree Assault and weapons violations and is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending trial.

Francis was identified by the victims, a 24-year-old woman and a 30-year-old woman, as the shooter, with whom both are acquainted. One of the women had argued with Francis when they crossed paths at a convenience store earlier in the evening.

The women flagged down an officer on Foxchase Lane after fleeing Sandalwood Road where they heard gunshots and saw Francis run out from Punjab Drive, shooting at their car. Neither of the women suffered any physical injuries and no damage was found on the vehicle.

Officer Bostedo and her K9 partner, Yukon, responded to the scene and located Francis in a nearby alley, where he was placed under arrest without incident. A search of the area resulted in the discovery of bullet holes in the siding of a building in the 900 block of Punjab Drive.

Revised June 27, 2017