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Date: Nov 14, 2017

Photo of Officer Robert Zimmerman, killed in the line-of-duty in 1986.Baltimore County Police Officers are wearing mourning bands on their badges today in memory of a fallen hero.

On November 5, 1986, Officer Robert Zimmerman stopped on Edmondson Avenue to conduct a business check. As he was crossing the street, he was struck by two vehicles and critically injured. He was transported to Shock Trauma where he died nine days later from his injuries.

The 46-year-old officer had been with the Baltimore County Police Department for 18 years and was assigned to the Western Traffic Unit. During his career, he received five departmental citations and had once been named Officer of the Year by the Catonsville Optimist Club.

An early morning shooting in Dundalk has left a 32-year-old man in serious condition.

Police were called to the 1600 block of Manor Road in Dundalk around 5:35 a.m. when the victim was shot at least once in the upper body by an unknown assailant as he walked out to his vehicle in the alley behind his home. He was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains in serious condition.

Police continue to investigate the motive for this shooting but believe this victim was the intended target.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit continues to investigate this shooting.

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Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, text message or online.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

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Baltimore County Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a shooting in Essex last night.

Police responded to the 500 block of Compass Road, 21220 around 5:41 p.m. for a call of a shooting. Detectives have determined that the victim invited a friend to the home on Compass Road, but when that friend brought additional men that the victim was not familiar with, a fight broke out inside the home. One of the unknown men pulled out a handgun and fired at least one shot, striking the victim, a 26-year-old man, in the upper body. He remains in fair condition at a local hospital.

Detectives working overnight were able to develop suspect information that led them to Pennsylvania where they have made an arrest in the case. The name of the suspect will not yet be released pending extradition to Baltimore County.

Anyone with additional information on this crime or suspect is asked to contact police at 410-307-2020. The Baltimore County Violent Crimes Unit continues to investigate.

Revised June 27, 2017