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Date: Sep 23, 2020

UPDATE (September 23, 2020 3:07 p.m.):

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit are releasing images of a person who may have information in the shooting death of Artis Holt on February 21, 2019.













Detectives are asking for the public's help in identifying the individual in these images, who was in the area of Liberty Road and Milford Mill Drive at the time of the shooting. This witness may have information that could help police further the investigation into this homicide. 

Anyone who recognizes this individual or vehicle, believed to be a 2013-2016 Nissan Altima, is asked to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

For additional details regarding this crime you can watch a segment of the Baltimore County Police cable program, On the Beat, featuring this case. 

UPDATE (February 21, 2020 3:36 p.m.):

One year later police are still searching for the killer of Artis Holt, shot and killed in a parking lot in the 8000 block of Liberty Road.

Artis was following behind friends across the parking lot toward a take-out restaurant when the gunman ran to Artis, shot him, then fled across the parking lot. Police have released surveillance video of the suspect which can be viewed in a segment of our On the Beat cable program.

The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect in this case has been raised to $5000, eligible to those who submit tips through Metro Crime Stoppers. Tipsters may remain anonymous and can submit their tip on the Metro Crime Stoppers website page for Artis Holt

Original Release (February 22, 2019 11:40 a.m.):

Police Flagged Down Following Deadly Shooting in Windsor Mill

A shooting in the 8000 block of Liberty Road last night left one man dead in a parking lot.

An officer was flagged down by a subject who directed him to the victim lying down in the parking lot of a carryout food business. The victim appeared to have suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was pronounced deceased at the scene by EMS.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit determined that just minutes before the officer drove into the area the victim was shot by the suspect after leaving the carryout restaurant around 11:56 p.m. The suspect fled prior to the officer's arrival.

The victim is identified as Artis Dewayne Holt (27) of the 1400 block of Clairidge Road, 21207.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Homicide detectives by calling 410-307-2020.

Reward Offered

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online or via mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip:

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

The Baltimore County Fire Department has received $410,000 in federal funds for fire prevention efforts targeted to residents at high risk of death and injury from fire and carbon monoxide.

U.S. Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin and Representatives C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume announced the award yesterday. The funding comes from the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Fire Prevention & Safety Grants Program.

The grant allows BCoFD to continue its Smoke & CO Alarm Education Program, which provides personalized information to residents about how to protect their homes from fire and carbon monoxide poisoning. This initiative, created several years ago with funds from the FP&S program, offers fire prevention services to all residents but targets those in neighborhoods at higher risk from fire and CO incidents.

"Properly installing smoke and CO alarms is one of the most important home safety steps you can take," said Fire Chief Joanne R. Rund. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show that 40 percent of home fire deaths occur in homes without working smoke alarms.

High-risk neighborhoods generally include those with older housing stock or where residents are more likely to depend on stoves, space heaters, generators and wood-burning appliances for heat. The risk of fire and CO-related incidents is higher during the cold weather season.

The new federal funds will allow BCoFD to purchase about 15,000 smoke and CO alarms over the next two years.

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