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Keyword: accidental shooting

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a shooting call involving a 15-year-old boy on Dogwood Drive last night after the boy later died from his injuries.

Police were called to the unit block of Dogwood Drive, 21220 around 6:48 p.m. for a call of a subject with a gunshot wound. Police and EMS began life-saving procedures after finding the boy in the rear yard of the home in cardiac arrest, and continued life-saving procedures while he was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center where he was later pronounced deceased.

This incident is currently being investigated as an accidental injury death. Initial information indicates that the teen was struck in the chest by a round or fragment of a round from a pellet rifle as he and a friend were shooting targets in the yard. The case will be forwarded to the State’s Attorney’s Office for review following the conclusion of the investigation and determination of cause and manner of death by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

UPDATE (February 12):

The Baltimore County Police Department has identified the officer involved in this incident as Officer Temple. He is a 12-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department and is currently assigned to Precinct 2/Woodlawn. Officer Temple will remain on administrative status while the incident is investigated.

Original release (February 9):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a shooting that occurred this evening in the 9600 Block of Southall Road, 21113, Precinct 2/Woodlawn. This incident involves two Baltimore County officers who were working secondary employment for an apartment complex when they were summoned by the apartment manager to a burglary.

BCoPD units were dispatched to two calls between 5:53 and 5:56 p.m. One was for a report of a shooting in the 9600 block of Button Buck Circle 21133; the other was for a report of an accidental discharge in the 9600 block of Southhall Road 21133.

The initial investigation has indicated that two armed security personnel (Who are off-duty BCoPD officers) were working for the Woodridge apartment complex in the 9600 block of Southall Road 21133 when they received a call from management about people in a vacant apartment under construction. The security officers approached the building and were able to see and hear movement inside. As one of the security officers watched the building, a person came out on a balcony. The off-duty officer told the on-duty officers who responded to the scene that at that moment -- as he was pointing the weapon in the direction of the balcony -- his weapon discharged accidentally. The person on the balcony went back inside the building and fled the scene; he ran to his nearby residence.

The accidental gunfire struck a 14-year-old male and caused non-life threatening injuries.

The BCoPD off-duty officer whose weapon fired will be placed on administrative status during the investigation.

This incident is under active investigation by the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit. When the homicide investigation is complete, the report will be sent to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office 

Revised June 27, 2017