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Date: Dec 2018

Just after 8:00 p.m. on December 30, 2018, Baltimore County Police were called to the 100-block of Bennett Road, 21221 for a disturbance involving a gun. Homicide detectives were able to determine the following details. Joseph William Principio, 62, of the 7600-block of Holly Ridge Drive, 21060, came to his ex-girlfriend’s residence on Bennett Road, while she and her current boyfriend were inside the house. Principio forced his way inside the home when his ex-girlfriend answered the door. Principio, armed with a handgun, began to assault the current boyfriend once inside the house. During an altercation between Principio and the current boyfriend, the current boyfriend was able to hold Principio down until police arrived.

Joseph Principio was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was later pronounced deceased. Due to injuries to his upper body and arms, the current boyfriend was transported to a local hospital for treatment. He is expected to survive his injuries.

The handgun was recovered by responding officers. None of the individuals suffered any injuries from gunfire, it is believed that the weapon was not fired during the altercation. Detectives will continue their investigation and await the autopsy to be performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. No criminal charges have been filed at this time.

At 6:40 p.m. on December 28, 2018, Baltimore County Police responded to the 4300-block of Butler Road, 21136 for a burglary that resulted in a shooting. Officers were able to determine that an intoxicated 31-year-old woman walked onto the front porch of a residence. The homeowner, a 80-year-old man came to the front door and attempted to have the woman leave his property. The woman then pushed the man and forced her way inside the home.

The homeowner then shot the woman after she forced her way inside the house. The woman was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment after suffering a gunshot wound to the lower body. Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit detectives are continuing their investigation at this time. The woman is receiving medical treatment but is expected to survive her injuries. Police also learned that the woman lives near the homeowner. More information will be provided once the woman is formally charged. Detectives will also review the case with the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Just after 9:30 p.m. on December 27, 2018, Baltimore County Police responded to a single vehicle accident on Harewood Road and Sand Dollar Way, 21220. Crash team investigators determined that a 2003 Mercedes XLK430 was traveling north on Harewood Road, past Sand Dollar Way, when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a pole. The vehicle overturned after hitting the pole.

The driver was the only occupant inside the car. He was pronounced deceased at the scene and was identified as Raymond Edward Vaughan, Sr., 74, of the 13200-block of Birdale Avenue, 21220. Police are continuing their investigation of the crash at this time.

Revised June 27, 2017