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Date: Apr 12, 2017

Just before 5:30 p.m. on April 12, 2017, Baltimore County Police responded to a crash at the intersection of South Taylor Avenue and Delaware Avenue in Essex. Investigators determined that a 2003 Harley Davidson Sportster motorcycle was traveling westbound on Delaware Avenue when it struck the driver's side of a 2007 Jeep Commander traveling southbound on South Taylor Avenue. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased. The motorcycle driver has been identified as Franklin Sanders, Jr., 52, of the 600-block of Virginia Avenue, 21221. The driver of the Jeep Commander was transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. His condition is unknown at this time. The driver of the Jeep Commander has been identified as Duane Hyer, 46, of the 400-block of South Taylor Avenue, 21221. Baltimore County Police continue to investigate this fatal crash at this time. 


The officer involved in this shooting has been identified as Officer Downs, assigned to Precinct 6/Towson. He joined BCoPD in June 2013 and has no prior combat shootings.

Original release:

On April 12, 2017 just before 4:30 a.m., Baltimore County Police received a call for a suspect breaking into cars in the area of Hillendale Road and Northview Road, 21234.

A Baltimore County officer arrived in the area of the call and observed a man attempting to conceal himself from the officer's view, turning his back towards the officer. The officer approached the man and called out to him. As the officer walked in his direction, the man turned around facing the officer and reached for a gun inside of the waistband of his pants. The officer observed the suspect reaching for the gun and yelled for the man to stop. The suspect continued to pull the gun and the officer fired multiple shots from his service weapon.

The suspect was struck and suffered a wound to the lower body. A handgun was recovered at the scene of the shooting. 

The suspect, a 27-year-old man, was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center for treatment. The suspect's condition is unknown at this time.

The Baltimore County Police Department is conducting its investigation and will submit the case to the Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office for their review. 

Updates will be provided as additional information is made available. 

Revised June 27, 2017