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Date: Jan 27, 2018

On January 26, 2018 at 8:30 p.m., Baltimore County Police responded to a local hospital for a victim suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Officers were able to determine that the shooting occurred in the 2100-block of Larkhall Road, 21222. Detectives believe that the victim was targeted in this case. Police are not releasing a suspect description at this time due to the ongoing investigation. 

Before 10:00 p.m. on January 26, 2017, Baltimore County Police responded to the 8000-block of Redstone Road, 21087 for a double stabbing. One of the victims reported that he and his wife were stabbed by their son.

When officers arrived, they found the male victim suffering from a wound to his upper body. The man said that he was asleep while sitting in a reclining chair when he was stabbed by his son. The second victim stated that she heard noises and came into the room. She was also stabbed by her son when she came into the room, suffering a wound to the upper body.

The suspect had fled the house but patrol officers were able to locate the man and place him under arrest. Both victims were transported to a local hospital and were later released after medical treatment.

The suspect has been identified as Michael Joseph Cottone, 27, of the 8000-block of Redstone Road, 21087. Cottone has been charged with two counts each of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, and second-degree assault. He is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections on denied bail status. 

Update (February 1, 5 p.m.)

The driver of the Hyundai has been identified as Nicholaus Edward Schnalzer, 32, of the 2000 block of Inverton Road, 21222.

Original Release (January 27, 11:50 a.m.)

Just before midnight on January 26, 2018, Baltimore County Police Department’s Crash Team responded to the Wise Avenue Volunteer Fire Company located in the 200-block of Wise Avenue, 21222 for a motor vehicle collision. Police determined that Medic #275 was returning to the station and backing up into the building. The operator of the Medic did activate the vehicle’s emergency lights.

A 2012 Hyundai Accent traveling westbound on Wise Avenue struck Medic #275 on the rear driver’s side of the Medic. The passenger of the Hyundai was transported to a local hospital but was pronounced deceased on January 27th at 12:20a.m. The driver of the Hyundai was transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. After medical treatment, the driver was charged with driving under the influence.

Two EMS providers who were inside Medic #275 at the time of the collision were also taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries. The deceased passenger from the Hyundai has been identified as James Franklin Pettie, III, 30, of the 1700-block of Melbourne Road, 21222. 

Revised June 27, 2017