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UPDATE (October 1, 2019 1:00 p.m.) 

Baltimore County Police release additional information on the officer-involved shooting of a suspect, Jamaal Ramone Taylor, who stabbed several people and injured another at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Police have determined that Taylor was initially on the Centre property earlier in the day and then left the area. He then returned about an hour later and began to assault several victims at the Hunt Valley Wine, Liquor and Beer store, Noodles and Company, and Peet’s Coffee and Tea. Afterwards, Taylor fled toward the Light Rail on Shawan Road where arriving officers first encountered him. Police observed that Taylor was holding a knife. Officers attempted to communicate with Taylor and de-escalate the situation, while directing traffic away from the immediate area. The suspect continued to walk in the direction of occupied vehicles, approaching McCormick Road. Two Baltimore County Police officers were forced to discharge their weapons as the suspect continued to walk towards the occupied vehicles.

Police at the scene called for Baltimore County Fire Department personnel while administering aid to the suspect. Taylor was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The involved officers have been identified as Officer Wise, a 4-year veteran assigned to the Cockeysville Precinct (Precinct 7) and Officer Brocato, a 13-year veteran assigned to the Community Resources and Wellness Section. Both officers have been placed on routine administrative leave. Officer Wise has no prior police-involved shootings. Officer Brocato has one prior police-involved shooting.

Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit detectives are continuing to search for witnesses. Anyone who did witness any portion of the events is asked to contact detectives at 410-307-2020.

The Baltimore County Police Department recognizes that this was a traumatic event for both the injured victims and witnesses to this incident. Anyone experiencing an emotional response to these events can contact the Baltimore County Mobile Crisis Team directly at 410-887-7820 or call the crisis hotline at 410-931-2214. If you need an immediate response simply dial 9-1-1.

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Statement From Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa R. Hyatt – 
September 30, 2019

On Saturday afternoon, on a mild Fall day at the busy Hunt Valley Towne Centre, a man, armed with a knife, began randomly attacking shoppers. Fortunately, there was a quick response from members of the Baltimore County Police Department who were able to quickly stop the threat. Further, members of the Baltimore County Fire Department rapidly rendered aid to victims. I hope for a speedy recovery for the victims of this brazen attack.

Our officers used the force that they believed necessary, under the circumstances, to protect the citizens of Baltimore County. Any loss of life is unfortunate and tragic, and we recognize the trauma associated with this situation.

While we continue to review the circumstances that led to this situation, I want to again express my gratitude to the men and women of this Department who acted swiftly and courageously to bring a quick resolution to this unpredictable incident. We are appreciative of our local, state, and federal partners for their outreach and assistance during and following this incident.


UPDATE (September 29, 2019 9:33 a.m.):

The suspect in yesterday's incident at Hunt Valley Towne Centre is identified as Jamaal Ramone Taylor (31) of the 6000 block of Amberwood Road, 21206.

Detectives are continuing the investigation into the series of incidents, including obtaining additional surveillance video in an effort to piece together a timeline of Taylor's actions at the shopping center yesterday afternoon. Baltimore County Police Homicide detectives are also asking anyone who witnessed any of the incidents yesterday, including drivers or pedestrians who witnessed the officer-involved shooting, to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Original Release (September 28, 2019 9:33 p.m.):

An incident involving multiple stabbings at Hunt Valley Towne Centre ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting this afternoon.

Officers were initially dispatched to a disturbance at Hunt Valley Wine, Liquor, and Beer at 1:43 p.m. The 9-1-1 caller indicated that the suspect was threatening people with a box cutter, later determined to be a folding-style knife.

While police were enroute, additional calls were received indicating that three victims were injured during an altercation with the suspect inside the liquor store before he fled on foot. Two additional stabbing incidents occurred at neighboring businesses. 

Police continued to gather information that the suspect fled the shopping center toward Shawan Road. Arriving officers encountered the suspect, brandishing a knife, in the intersection of Shawan Road and McCormick Road. Officers gave repeated commands to the suspect to drop the knife but he refused to comply with police directives and they were forced to discharge their weapons during the encounter. The suspect, who has not yet been positively identified, suffered a critical injury during the encounter and was pronounced deceased at the scene by responding medics.

All five victims suffered non-life-threatening wounds and were transported to area hospitals for treatment. At least one victim was immediately treated at the scene by an off-duty Baltimore County Fire Department EMS captain that was at the shopping center at the time of the incident. 

Hunt Valley Towne Centre security officers were on site during the incident, initially responded to the liquor store before police were called for a suspicious person. They escorted the suspect off the property but the suspect returned, at which time they called Baltimore County Police for assistance. The security team is continuing to assist police in the ongoing investigation.

The Baltimore County Police are also coordinating investigative efforts into a separate incident with Maryland Transit Administration Police earlier today involving the same suspect.

The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on routine administrative leave pending the conclusion of an internal investigation into the shooting and will be named at a later time. The identity of the suspect will be released following a positive identification through the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

UPDATE (September 18, 2019 1:07 p.m.):

Booking photo of Cristian Isaac Cardona MejiaCristian Isaac Cardona Mejia (24) of the 1000 block of Middlesex Road, 21221 is charged with three counts of attempted first degree murder, three counts of first degree assault, and use of a dangerous weapon with intent to injure in the road rage incident that caused injuries to four people in Dundalk Monday night.

Cardona Mejia is currently held on no bail status at the Baltimore County Detention Center pending a bail review hearing today.

Original Release (September 17, 2019 11:22 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police are investigating a road rage incident in Dundalk that led to four people being injured last night.

Police responded to multiple calls for a stabbing on North Point Road at Merritt Boulevard around 9 p.m. where they located four adult males suffering from lacerations. All four were transported to area hospitals with non-life-threatening wounds.

The investigation indicates that two vehicles, a Toyota Corolla and a Toyota pickup truck, were involved in a road rage incident that began on Eastern Boulevard and ended with a confrontation on North Point Road between the driver of the truck and three occupants of the Corolla. The driver of the truck produced a utility knife and assaulted the three other men, also incurring a laceration himself during the altercation.

The Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit is continuing the investigation into this incident. The identity of the suspect will be released following formal charges.

UPDATE (April 9, 2019 1:03 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police have identified the two 15-year-old suspects that assaulted and seriously injured two men and a juvenile with a knife Sunday night in Windsor Mill.

Jermaine Isaiah Foster (15) and Jordan Tyrone Foster (15), both of the 2500 block of Elesmere Drive, 21244 have been charged as adults with two counts each of Attempted First Degree Homicide and three counts each of First Degree Assault. Both are being held by Baltimore County Corrections on denied bail status pending bail review hearings.

Original Release (April 8, 2019 4 p.m.):

Two teenage boys are being charged as adults following a triple stabbing in Windsor Mill last night.

The boys, both 15 years old, were arrested shortly after midnight following a physical fight with three neighbors in which at least one of the suspects pulled out knife and stabbed the victims. Police were called to the 2500 block of Elesmere Drive, 21244 around 7:45 p.m. for the fight, which left an 18-year-old man suffering from life-threatening wounds to the upper body, a 40-year-old man suffering non-life threatening wounds to the upper body, and a 14-year-old boy suffering a cut to the upper body when he tried to break up the fight.

The fight began when the victims confronted the suspects and were attacked by the two teenage boys. The 14-year-old boy had sought help from the victims after a verbal exchange with the two teenage boys at a nearby playground.

Both of the adult victims were transported to an area hospital following the fight. The juvenile was treated for his cuts at the scene.

The two teens fled the scene prior to arrival of police but were identified as the suspects and arrested a few hours later. They now face being charged as adults in the assault. Those charges are presently pending.

Revised June 27, 2017