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Keyword: officer involved shooting

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.

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. 

Revised June 27, 2017