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Keyword: officer involved shooting

UPDATE (February 21, 2019 3:45 p.m.): 

Baltimore County Police are releasing the names of the officers who fired their service weapons after being threatened by a suspect holding a machete inside the Aldi store located in the 8600-block of Liberty Road, 21133 on February 19, 2019.

Police Officer First Class Sands is a 2 ½ -year veteran of the Department and is assigned to the Woodlawn Precinct. Police Officer First Class Waugh is a 3-year veteran of the Department and is also assigned to the Woodlawn Precinct. Neither officer has been involved in any previous shooting incidents. The investigation is on-going at this time.

UPDATE (February 20, 2019 3:45 p.m.):

The suspect shot by police after advancing toward them with a machete has died. He is identified as Emanuel David Joshua Oates (24) with no fixed address.

Original Release (February 20, 2019 2:15 p.m.):

A man wielding a machete was critically injured in a police-involved shooting in Randallstown yesterday afternoon.

An on-duty Baltimore County Police Officer was investigating a vehicle collision on the parking lot near the Aldi grocery store at the Liberty Court Shopping Center in the 8600 block of Liberty Road, 21133 around 4:17 p.m. yesterday when she was approached by an employee of Dollar Tree. The employee pointed out a suspect that just committed a shoplifting at the store. The officer approached the suspect to investigate, but the suspect continued to walk away from her toward Old Court Road.

Once on Old Court Road, the officer made numerous attempts to stop and talk to the suspect but he refused to cooperate and continued to walk away down the middle of the road. Additional officers arrived and attempted to assist in stopping the suspect, who began to flee. One officer grabbed the suspect by the arm as he was fleeing, but the suspect pulled a machete out from under his jacket and swung the knife at that officer.

Officers pursued the suspect as he fled back to the shopping center and inside the Aldi store, occupied by employees and customers, wielding the machete. Officers maintained a safe distance from the suspect as they gave commands for him to drop the weapon. The suspect advanced toward the officers, causing them to back up into a wall near the entrance of the store. The officers continued to order the suspect to drop the weapon but he advanced toward them. Two officers fired their duty weapons at the suspect, who was struck at least once in the upper body.

The officers retrieved the machete and rendered aid to the suspect, who was critically injured during the incident and was transported to an area hospital.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit are continuing their investigation into this incident today, at the conclusion of which will be reviewed by the State's Attorney's Office for Baltimore County. Body-worn camera video of the incident was captured and may be made available by the State's Attorney's Office at a later time. 

The release of the names of the officers involved in the shooting is forthcoming. Both officers are on routine administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.

A Baltimore County police officer fatally shot himself in his office at Eastern Technical High School in Essex earlier today.

Police and medics were dispatched to the school in the 1100 block of Mace Avenue, 21221, around 12:23 p.m. for a call of an officer down. First responders found the officer in his office in the basement of the school suffering from a single gunshot wound to the upper body. He was transported to MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.

Based on surveillance video obtained from the school, detectives determined that the officer, identified as Officer J. Comegna, the permanent School Resource Officer for Eastern Tech, walked down the hallway alone and entered his office. Faculty heard the sound of a gunshot and responded to the SRO office where they found Officer Comegna suffering from a gunshot wound. Officer Comegna was found alone in the office. Officers recovered a single firearm from the scene, Officer Comegna's duty weapon. Detectives have determined that a single round was fired from Officer Comegna's duty weapon. While Officer Comegna was wearing a body-worn camera it was not activated at the time of the incident. The preliminary evidence indicates that the gunshot wound was self-inflicted and the officer's death is being investigated as a suicide.

Eastern Tech was briefly put on lock-down status as the incident developed and was initially investigated by police but the school was dismissed on schedule. School administrators have indicated that school is expected to reopen tomorrow with crisis counselors on hand to assist any students or faculty members that may need assistance, but parents are encouraged to check with the school regarding the possibility of closure in the morning.

Officer Comegna is a 21-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department in good standing. He has been a School Resource Officer for twelve years, permanently assigned to Eastern Tech for four years. He is friend and family to many, and will be sorely missed as we work to comprehend this tragedy. 

Baltimore County police have charged a suspect with attempted murder after shooting at a Woodlawn police officer investigating a call for suspicious subjects in the 2500 block of Poplar Drive late Monday night. 

The officer, a 10-year-veteran of the department assigned to the Woodlawn Precinct, was investigating a 9-1-1 call for two suspicious subjects running through yards following what sounded like breaking glass around 10:23 p.m. The officer located two subjects matching the description in the 2600 block of West Park Drive. As the officer attempted to initiate contact with them, exiting his vehicle, one of the suspects raised a handgun and fired a single shot at the officer, missing him by only inches, and striking the patrol car. One of the suspects followed the officer's commands and was arrested at the scene. He was later interviewed and released without charge.

The shooter, identified as Kwaundaylo Deshawn Richardson (25) of the 3600 block of Bowers Avenue, 21207, fled on foot toward Windsor Mill Road near Alto Vista Avenue, where he was later apprehended. Despite an extensive search of the area, the handgun was not located at the time of the incident.

Detectives continued to investigate the incident through the night and were able to determine that Richardson's girlfriend, 20-year-old Moesha E. Washington, also of the 3600 block of Bowers Avenue, 21207, was likely to respond back to the area of the shooting to retrieve the handgun, which she did. Detectives located Washington, who had retrieved the handgun from an abandoned home in the 1900 block of Alto Vista Avenue near where Richardson was apprehended, walking on Windsor Mill Road, concealing the gun under clothing she was carrying in her hands. She was arrested and the handgun, found to be a loaded .22 revolver with one spent cartridge, was confiscated. The gun was also found to have a mutilated serial number as to prevent tracing it or identifying the registered owner.

Richardson is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior felony conviction. Washington is also prohibited from possessing a firearm due to her age.

Richardson is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center following a bail review hearing Wednesday and is charged with the following:

  • Attempted 1st Degree Murder
  • 1st Degree Assault
  • 2nd Degree Assault
  • Handgun on Person
  • Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony/Violent Crime
  • Manual Serial Number Removal/Obliteration

​Washington is released on her own recognizance following a bail review hearing Wednesday and is charged with the following:

  • ​Accessary after Statute (Accessary after the fact)
  • Handgun on Person
  • Minor in Possession of a Firearm
  • Manual Serial Number Removal/Obliteration

The police officer was not injured during the incident.











Revised June 27, 2017