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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.

UPDATE (September 27, 2016  11:47 a.m.):

The officer involved in the September 23 shooting of a Pikesville bank robbery suspect has been identified as Sergeant Bortner. He is a 20-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department and is currently assigned to the Pikesville Precinct. He has not been involved in any prior shooting incidents. Sergeant Bortner is on administrative status, a standard procedure for officers involved in shootings.

All investigations related to this case remain ongoing. That includes the Homicide investigation and an internal review to ensure that BCoPD policies and procedures were followed.

The preliminary investigation indicates that an officer asked the driver of the suspect vehicle for his license. As the driver, Oddis Bernard Colvin, Jr., reached for the license, the officer saw money and a second suspect -- Michael Eugene Stratton -- in the back seat. The officer pulled his service weapon and ordered the occupants of the car to show their hands.

Sergeant Bortner responded at this point to back up his fellow officer. Colvin, the driver, ignored multiple commands, accelerated quickly and drove the vehicle directly at Sergeant Bortner.

Updated Release 9/25/16 1:00 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have identified the second man involved in the September 23rd robbery of a Pikesville bank. Michael Eugene Stratton, 45, of the 500-block of West Presstman Street, 21217 has been charged with two counts of robbery. Stratton is currently being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status. This suspect is believed to have been involved in several bank robberies in the Baltimore area during the month of September. More information will be released as it becomes available. 

Below is the booking picture of Michael Eugene Stratton: 

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Updated Release 9/24/16 6:30 p.m.

Baltimore County Police have identified the man who was killed during the September 23rd robbery of a Pikesville bank. Oddis Bernard Colvin, Jr, 33, of the 8400 blk Winands Rd, 21208, was pronounced deceased shortly after the incident. An officer fired his service weapon when the vehicle operated by Colvin drove towards the officer. Additional information will be released once it becomes available. 

Original Release 9/23/16 3:00 p.m.

A suspect who had just participated in a Pikesville bank robbery was fatally shot by police this afternoon as he and a second suspect fled the scene in a car.

Both suspects are male. The suspect who was fatally shot was driving the car. The second suspect -- believed by police to be the "Aviator" serial bank robber wanted by the FBI --  suffered non-life threatening injuries; charges against him are pending.

The robbery occurred at 1:08 p.m. at the Wells Fargo bank in the 1500 block of Reisterstown Road in Pikesville. Information that the suspects had fled the scene in a vehicle was transmitted immediately to law enforcement. Officers shut down traffic in the area of Old Court and Falls roads in order to impede the suspects' flight along a likely escape route.

The investigation by the Homicide Unit is in its preliminary stages. This preliminary investigation indicates that officers were on foot on Old Court Road along the line of stopped traffic when a Ford Taurus traveling east on Old Court pulled out of the line of stopped traffic, crossed the center line and drove toward one of the officers. At about 1:20 p.m., as the vehicle was coming toward the officer, the officer fired into the front windshield of the car, striking the driver.

The car went through the intersection with Falls Road, continuing onto Ruxton Road and striking a civilian vehicle. This vehicle in turn struck a second civilian vehicle. No serious injuries are reported to the people in these vehicles.

The bank robbery was committed by passing a note, a common tactic among bank robbers. Police recovered money and bank property from the Taurus. Police have not recovered a weapon from the suspects or the suspect vehicle.

An administrative review is conducted for all police-involved shootings. The officer who fired his weapon will be placed on administrative status, a standard procedure. BCoPD intends to release his last name about 48 hours after the shooting, in accordance with its agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4.

In addition to the  Homicide investigation and the administrative review, the Baltimore County Firearms Discharge Review Board examines every shot fired by police for compliance with agency policy.

There is body camera footage from a responding officer at this scene. This footage does not capture the shooting itself. The officer who fired his weapon was not equipped with a camera; BCoPD's body camera program launched in July, and to date about 100 of the more than 1,400 officers who eventually will wear them have been assigned cameras.

Original release (February 4, 2016  2:02 p.m.):

Just before 1 a.m. on February 1, Baltimore County Police and Fire personnel responded to Old Court Road and Ruxton Green Court 21204 for a single vehicle crash.

The preliminary investigation into the crash has indicated that a 2012 Lexus RX350 had been traveling north-bound on Old Court Road in the area of Ruxton Green Court. The vehicle crossed the center line, went off of the roadway, and wound up in a ravine. The passenger, 23-year-old Zachary Wolfe Pressman of the Unit block of Nobility Court 21117, was declared deceased at the scene. The driver was taken to an area hospital for treatment. His current condition is unknown.

This crash remains under investigation by the Baltimore County Police Crash Team. The investigation is expected to take several weeks.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017