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Keyword: officer involved shooting

UPDATE (November 29, 2019 9:30 p.m.):

The officer involved in a shooting on I-83 is identified as Officer Page, a 21-year veteran of the department assigned to the Cockeysville Precinct (Precinct 7) with no prior police-involved shooting incidents. He has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal review of the incident.

Original Release (November 27, 2019 5:09 p.m.):

Last night, Baltimore County Police were called to the unit block of Pheasant Wood Court in Parkton where an individual, who had reportedly been drinking, threatening to assault a family member and himself, left the location in a vehicle. Unfortunately, in this incident, after police conducted a car stop, circumstances occurred where the man, identified as Eric John Sopp (48) of the unit block of Pheasant Wood Court, was fatally shot.  A loss of life is grievous and we extend our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Sopp.  

Shortly before 9 p.m. a 9-1-1 call was received from a family member of the Mr. Sopp indicating that he was intoxicated, threatened to hurt her and was holding a weapon, indicating he would hurt himself, as well.  He left the residence in a car prior to officers arriving.  Police officers were dispatched to the residence and a description of the car, the individual, and the possibility of him still being armed was communicated to other officers.  The car was spotted on Mt. Carmel Road entering the ramp to southbound Interstate 83 where the car stop was initiated and the incident took place.

As with any police involved incident, we are conducting a thorough investigation of the sequence of events, circumstances and evidence surrounding last night’s shooting.  The officer is currently on administrative leave, per departmental policy.  Once the department’s investigation is complete the results will be forwarded to the Office of the State’s Attorney for review. In addition, our police officers receive training related to assisting individuals who are experiencing a behavioral crisis.

The Baltimore County Police Department would like to remind our community members of the resources available to assist those who may need help or are in crisis: Baltimore County Crisis Services 410-931-2214 (https://tinyurl.com/t7ubwjm), National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  If you, or someone you know needs support, please reach out to one of the above organizations. 

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Update: (July 12, 2019 4:50 p.m.): 

Baltimore County Police are releasing the name of the officer involved in the shooting of the suspect on July 6, 2019 at the Duke’s Motel in the 7900-block of Pulaski Highway, 21237.

Officer McCampbell is a 20-year veteran currently assigned to Tactical Unit. He has not been involved in any prior shootings. Officer McCampbell has been placed on routine administrative leave.

UPDATE (July 8, 12:50 p.m.):

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit have identified the suspect in the police-involved shooting at Duke’s Motel Saturday night as the same suspect who shot a woman in Windsor Mill earlier that morning. The suspect is identified as Kareem Omar Morgan (43) of the 2000 block of Shore Road, 21222.

Morgan died during an exchange of gunfire with police Saturday night as officers from the Tactical Team attempted to execute a search and seizure warrant and arrest warrant at the room he was staying in at Duke’s Motel.

The Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs Unit are continuing their investigation into this officer-involved shooting.

Original Release (July 7, 2019 1:54 a.m.):

An exchange of gunfire as officers attempted to execute both an arrest and a search and seizure warrant at Duke's Motel in Rosedale resulted in the suspect suffering a gunshot wound. The suspect was wanted in connection with a shooting in Windsor Mill early this morning and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Early Morning Shooting in Windsor Mill

Officers responded to the 1700 block of Winding Brook Way around 5 a.m. when the victim called 9-1-1 after being shot by her ex-boyfriend.

The suspect forced his way into the woman's townhome, then became involved in a physical altercation with her, during which she was shot at least once in the lower body. The suspect fled the location in a vehicle following the shooting. The woman, 37, was transported to an area hospital and is expected to survive her wounds.

Officer-Involved Shooting at Duke's Motel

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit continued to follow leads throughout the morning and afternoon hours in an attempt to locate the suspect. Patrol officers throughout the county were made aware of the description of a vehicle the suspect may be driving. An astute officer from the White Marsh Precinct located the vehicle parked on the lot at Duke's Motel in the 7900 block of Pulaski Highway in Rosedale.

The Tactical Operations Team was utilized to serve the warrants at a room believed to be occupied by the suspect from the Windsor Mill shooting. As the team began to breach the motel room there was an exchange of gunfire, during which the sole occupant of the room suffered a gunshot wound. He was immediately treated by medics staged nearby for the warrant execution but subsequently pronounced deceased at the scene. No officers were injured during the exchange.

At this hour detectives are continuing to work to positively identify the deceased suspect and make proper death notifications. A firearm was recovered from inside the motel room.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene to conduct the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. Any officer identified as being involved in the shooting will be placed on routine administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation by the Homicide Unit and Internal Affairs Unit, which will then be forwarded to the Office of the State's Attorney for review.

Update (May 3, 2019 1:56 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police are identifying the officer shot during yesterday’s officer-involved shooting in Parkville as Police Officer First Class T. Hays, a 13 ½ year veteran of the force with one prior police-involved shooting in 2008, currently assigned to Parkville Precinct patrol. Officer Hays remains in stable condition at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma after suffering a gunshot wound to the upper body.

The deceased suspect in this shooting is identified as Robert Uhl Johnson, 76, residing in the 3000 block of Linwood Avenue, 21234, where police were dispatched to a call of a subject with a gun around 1:37 p.m. yesterday.

The Department provided misinformation shortly after the incident occurred, indicating that the suspect fired a weapon at the officers upon entering the home. Further review of body-worn camera footage and additional evidence now reveals that the suspect picked up a firearm, did not follow officers’ commands to put down the weapon, and pointed the gun at the officers, causing the officers to fire upon the suspect.

Officers were dispatched to the suspect’s home in the 3000 block of Linwood Avenue when Suspect Johnson called 9-1-1, methodically providing his personal information to the call-taker before stating that there was an unknown subject waiving a gun at him inside his home. Suspect Johnson hung up on the 9-1-1 call-taker when she attempted to gather additional information. Multiple attempts were made to contact the caller but he did not answer the phone on any call-back.

Officers from the Parkville Precinct approached the suspect’s home and observed him inside, seated in a chair facing the front door. One officer initiated conversation with the suspect, who refused to get up from the chair or exit the home. Suspect Johnson told the officer that he called 9-1-1 and that there was no one else inside the home. Officers further investigated by entering the house and directing Suspect Johnson to keep his hands up in the air. As the officers entered the home, Suspect Johnson lowered his right hand down to his thigh and picked up a handgun, pointing it at the officers as he said, “I’m sorry I have to do this.” Four officers fired their service weapons in response.

During the subsequent investigation by Homicide Unit detectives, it was determined that Suspect Johnson’s gun was not loaded. They also discovered that Suspect Johnson left his will and last requests for burial out for officers to find.

Officer Hays and three other responding officers fired their service weapons at the suspect. Those officers are currently on routine administrative leave and are identified as the following:

Police Officer First Class J. Hummel, an 18 year veteran with no prior police-involved shootings.

Police Officer First Class A. Burns, a 17 ½ year veteran with no prior police-involved shootings.

Police Officer First Class J. Deford, a 10 ½ year veteran with no prior police-involved shootings.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit will complete their investigation and submit the case to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.

 

Original Release: (5/2/19 10:30 p.m.) 

One officer was injured, the suspect killed, when police responded to a call of a subject with a gun in a Parkville home yesterday afternoon.

Detectives are still investigating the details surrounding the shooting in the 3000 block of Linwood Way. The preliminary information indicates that officers responded to a 9-1-1 call for a subject with a gun inside the home. The caller abruptly hung up on the 9-1-1 calltaker. Attempts were made to contact the caller while police were responding but were unsuccessful.

The preliminary information indicates that at least one officer made entry into the home where the suspect was encountered. During the encounter one Baltimore County officer was shot once in the upper body. The suspect also suffered at least one gunshot wound and died at the scene.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are continuing their investigation into the shooting tonight.

The officer, who has not yet been identified, was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in serious condition and was immediately taken into surgery. That officer is expected to survive the injury.

The deceased subject inside the home on Linwood Avenue had not yet been identified.

Updated information will be provided as it becomes available.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017