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The driver of a car that collided this morning with a charter bus in the intersection of Falls Road at Brick Store Road, 21074, has died.

The victim is identified as Joel William Drawbaugh (19) of Havre De Grace.

BCoPD and EMS personnel from Baltimore County and Carroll County fire services responded to the scene at about 10:50 a.m. The first-arriving unit, Medic 855 (Upperco VFC), found a serious crash involving a black Infiniti G37x and a charter bus carrying 41 students from St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel on their way to a retreat at River Valley Ranch in Manchester.

The patient in the Infiniti was heavily entrapped. Fire and rescue personnel freed him from the vehicle at 11:31 a.m. A Maryland State Police Medevac was requested but was cancelled when the patient went into trauma arrest. He was pronounced deceased at the scene. Confirmation of his death was delayed pending proper notification of his family.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the Infiniti was traveling southbound on Falls Road north of Brick Store Road. The charter bus had become stuck while attempting to make a left turn onto northbound Falls Road from eastbound Brick Store Road. As the Infiniti entered the intersection it  struck the rear driver side of the bus.

Seven passengers and the driver of the bus were transported to Carroll Hospital Center, all with minor injuries.

Falls Road remained closed between Gunpowder Road and Beckleysville Road into the afternoon rush hour during crash reconstruction efforts.

The Baltimore County Police Crash Investigation Team is continuing to investigate the cause of this fatal crash.

The next edition of Police Report, the Baltimore County Police Department’s cable TV program, runs through October.

The opening segment focuses on the School Resource Officer (SRO) program. Sergeant Anissa Watkins, of the Safe Schools Section, discusses the successful partnership between the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Public Schools. Sergeant Watkins speaks about the enhanced safety that the SRO program brings to students and staff in Baltimore County Public Schools and provides school safety tips.

The topic of the second segment is school crossing guards. Officer Jonathan Strickler and Ms. Susan Joyner, of Traffic Resource Management, explain the important role that school crossing guards have in safely getting students to and from school. They also provide school bus and pedestrian safety tips, and information on how to become a school crossing guard.

The program airs every day on Cable Channel 25, only in Baltimore County. The times are:

Monday: 10:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 7 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m., 3:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Wednesday: 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon, 4 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday: 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Police Report is available online if you would like to watch it on your own computer, on your own schedule.

UPDATE (June 9, 2017 4:05 p.m.):

Police have identified the four officers involved in the shooting of the armed robbery suspect:

  • Police Officer First Class Carver of Precinct 12 is a 5.5-year veteran of the force.
  • Police Officer First Class Leary of Precinct 12 is a 3.5-year veteran of the force.
  • Police Officer First Class Minton of Precinct 12 is a 14.5-year veteran of the force.
  • The fourth officer is a 17-year veteran of the force whose name will be withheld due to the officer's duty assignment.

None of the officers involved have any prior combat shooting involvement.

UPDATE (June 8, 2017, 5:15 p.m.):

The officer shot in yesterday's police-involved shooting in Dundalk is Officer First Class Slocum, assigned to Precinct 12-Dundalk. She is a 13-year veteran of BCoPD. She remains hospitalized in serious condition.

UPDATE (June 8, 2017 12:23 p.m.):

Police have identified the deceased suspect in yesterday's police-involved shooting in Dundalk as Blaine Robert Erb, 35, of no fixed address. Erb was shot by police after he began firing at officers investigating an armed robbery.

The wounded officer, assigned to Precinct 12-Dundalk, was shot twice in a lower extremity during the incident and remains hospitalized in serious condition at R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center.

A 21-year-old female civilian from the 5000 block of Queensberry Avenue, 21215 also suffered a gunshot wound to the lower body during the incident and is expected to survive her injury.

Two .40 caliber semi-automatic handguns were located next to the suspect's body, as well as numerous gun magazines and ammunition. Detectives have determined that the firearms have not been reported stolen but continue to investigate to identify the last known registered owner. Erb is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms due to a prior conviction for an armed robbery. The investigation has determined that Erb had a lengthy criminal history in Maryland and neighboring states, including charges for robbery, weapon violations, assault and theft. He also had an open warrant through Pennsylvania.

Detectives have identified five civilians who were on the bus when the incident began, but continue to investigate to determine if there were more.

The investigation has determined that four officers fired rounds at the suspect from their service weapons. Those officers have been placed on routine administrative leave and their names will not be released at this time.

While it has been determined that at least one officer was wearing a body-worn camera at the time of the incident, all visual and audio recordings remain part of the ongoing investigation and will not be released at this time.

Original Release (June 7, 2017 6:08 p.m.):

An officer and a civilian are in serious condition, and the suspect dead, after an officer-involved shooting following an armed robbery this afternoon in Dundalk.

Investigation has revealed that officers were dispatched at 2:49 p.m. to Dundalk Avenue and Avon Beach Road for an armed street robbery in progress. Officers had received information that a single male suspect approached and robbed two people at gunpoint. Police arriving on the scene were updated with information that the suspect fled the scene onto an Maryland Transit Administration bus. Police located the bus a short distance from the Logan Village Shopping Center in the 3400 block of Dundalk Avenue and initiated an investigative traffic stop.

When officers attempted to confront the suspect on the bus, he began shooting at the officers, firing repeatedly at them. The officers returned fire. After exchanging gunfire for an extended period, the suspect—who has not yet been identified—attempted to flee the MTA bus. He collapsed a short distance from the bus, suffering at least one gunshot wound, where he was pronounced deceased.

During the exchange of gunfire, one officer and one civilian each suffered at least one gunshot wound. The officer was taken to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where she is listed in serious condition. The civilian, a woman, was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive.

Body camera footage of this incident is part of the ongoing investigation. The MTA bus was equipped with working surveillance cameras. Any footage captured from these cameras will be part of the investigation. 

Revised June 27, 2017