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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.











UPDATE (August 2, 2017 2:02 p.m.):

Police have identified the deceased suspect in yesterday's police-involved shooting as Christopher Evin Clapp (35) with no fixed address.

The officer involved in the shooting is identified as Police Officer First Class McCain of Precinct 8. He is a 16-1/2 year veteran of the force with one prior combat shooting in 2006 that did not result in a fatality.

Original Release (August 1, 2017 5:12 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting early this morning at the Giant grocery store in Catonsville.

Just before 4 a.m. police responded to the 6000 block of Baltimore National Pike after an off-duty, uniformed Baltimore County Police Officer, working secondary employment at Giant, shot and killed a fleeing suspect as the officer was being dragged by the suspect vehicle over 100 feet across the parking lot.

The suspect previously entered the Giant store with canvas grocery bags and filled them with merchandise, including household items such as laundry detergent. The officer watched the suspect walk past all working registers with the bags of merchandise, making no attempt to pay for the items before exiting the store. The officer quickly confirmed with an employee that the suspect had not paid for the items he’d taken, then followed the suspect outside of the store where he saw him get into the driver’s seat of a Lincoln vehicle with a North Carolina registration plate waiting on the parking lot.

The officer approached the driver side window and verbally engaged the suspect, who responded by putting the car’s gear into drive. The officer reached into the vehicle, ordering the suspect to stop the vehicle multiple times, but the suspect rapidly accelerated, squealing the vehicle’s tires on the pavement and speeding away, dragging the officer with the vehicle. Witnesses heard the officer telling the driver to stop multiple times.  The officer drew his service weapon and fired shots into the vehicle at the suspect, killing the suspect and stopping the vehicle.  The deceased suspect’s identity is not being released until notification of next of kin.

An adult male who was in the front seat of the suspect’s Lincoln at the time of the incident was unharmed, but taken to an area hospital for treatment of chest pains following the incident. He has given police an account of the events that is consistent with the accounts of other independent witnesses at the scene and surveillance video obtained from the Giant store.  The Giant grocery store video will be made available at a later time.

Police determined that the Lincoln was not currently registered but was displaying a North Carolina tag registered to a Subaru. Police are still investigating to determine how the suspect came into possession of the Lincoln, which is not currently reported stolen.

While the officer was wearing his Baltimore County Police issued uniform, he was not equipped with a body-worn camera. The body-worn camera policy does not require it be worn with the uniform if an officer is working in a secondary employment capacity.

Per the agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4, the officer involved in the shooting will not be identified at this time. The Homicide Unit investigates all police-involved shootings. Once the investigation is complete, the incident will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. The Baltimore County Firearms Discharge Review Board also examines every shot fired by police for compliance with agency policy. As standard procedure, the officer will be placed on administrative status during this process.

Revised June 27, 2017