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UPDATE (October 1, 2019 1:00 p.m.) 

Baltimore County Police release additional information on the officer-involved shooting of a suspect, Jamaal Ramone Taylor, who stabbed several people and injured another at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre on Saturday afternoon.

Police have determined that Taylor was initially on the Centre property earlier in the day and then left the area. He then returned about an hour later and began to assault several victims at the Hunt Valley Wine, Liquor and Beer store, Noodles and Company, and Peet’s Coffee and Tea. Afterwards, Taylor fled toward the Light Rail on Shawan Road where arriving officers first encountered him. Police observed that Taylor was holding a knife. Officers attempted to communicate with Taylor and de-escalate the situation, while directing traffic away from the immediate area. The suspect continued to walk in the direction of occupied vehicles, approaching McCormick Road. Two Baltimore County Police officers were forced to discharge their weapons as the suspect continued to walk towards the occupied vehicles.

Police at the scene called for Baltimore County Fire Department personnel while administering aid to the suspect. Taylor was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The involved officers have been identified as Officer Wise, a 4-year veteran assigned to the Cockeysville Precinct (Precinct 7) and Officer Brocato, a 13-year veteran assigned to the Community Resources and Wellness Section. Both officers have been placed on routine administrative leave. Officer Wise has no prior police-involved shootings. Officer Brocato has one prior police-involved shooting.

Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit detectives are continuing to search for witnesses. Anyone who did witness any portion of the events is asked to contact detectives at 410-307-2020.

The Baltimore County Police Department recognizes that this was a traumatic event for both the injured victims and witnesses to this incident. Anyone experiencing an emotional response to these events can contact the Baltimore County Mobile Crisis Team directly at 410-887-7820 or call the crisis hotline at 410-931-2214. If you need an immediate response simply dial 9-1-1.

To listen to the 9-1-1 calls related to this incident, go to our YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tm8V-16p6A&feature=youtu.be

                                                              

Statement From Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa R. Hyatt – 
September 30, 2019

On Saturday afternoon, on a mild Fall day at the busy Hunt Valley Towne Centre, a man, armed with a knife, began randomly attacking shoppers. Fortunately, there was a quick response from members of the Baltimore County Police Department who were able to quickly stop the threat. Further, members of the Baltimore County Fire Department rapidly rendered aid to victims. I hope for a speedy recovery for the victims of this brazen attack.

Our officers used the force that they believed necessary, under the circumstances, to protect the citizens of Baltimore County. Any loss of life is unfortunate and tragic, and we recognize the trauma associated with this situation.

While we continue to review the circumstances that led to this situation, I want to again express my gratitude to the men and women of this Department who acted swiftly and courageously to bring a quick resolution to this unpredictable incident. We are appreciative of our local, state, and federal partners for their outreach and assistance during and following this incident.

                                                                                          

UPDATE (September 29, 2019 9:33 a.m.):

The suspect in yesterday's incident at Hunt Valley Towne Centre is identified as Jamaal Ramone Taylor (31) of the 6000 block of Amberwood Road, 21206.

Detectives are continuing the investigation into the series of incidents, including obtaining additional surveillance video in an effort to piece together a timeline of Taylor's actions at the shopping center yesterday afternoon. Baltimore County Police Homicide detectives are also asking anyone who witnessed any of the incidents yesterday, including drivers or pedestrians who witnessed the officer-involved shooting, to contact police at 410-307-2020.

Original Release (September 28, 2019 9:33 p.m.):

An incident involving multiple stabbings at Hunt Valley Towne Centre ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting this afternoon.

Officers were initially dispatched to a disturbance at Hunt Valley Wine, Liquor, and Beer at 1:43 p.m. The 9-1-1 caller indicated that the suspect was threatening people with a box cutter, later determined to be a folding-style knife.

While police were enroute, additional calls were received indicating that three victims were injured during an altercation with the suspect inside the liquor store before he fled on foot. Two additional stabbing incidents occurred at neighboring businesses. 

Police continued to gather information that the suspect fled the shopping center toward Shawan Road. Arriving officers encountered the suspect, brandishing a knife, in the intersection of Shawan Road and McCormick Road. Officers gave repeated commands to the suspect to drop the knife but he refused to comply with police directives and they were forced to discharge their weapons during the encounter. The suspect, who has not yet been positively identified, suffered a critical injury during the encounter and was pronounced deceased at the scene by responding medics.

All five victims suffered non-life-threatening wounds and were transported to area hospitals for treatment. At least one victim was immediately treated at the scene by an off-duty Baltimore County Fire Department EMS captain that was at the shopping center at the time of the incident. 

Hunt Valley Towne Centre security officers were on site during the incident, initially responded to the liquor store before police were called for a suspicious person. They escorted the suspect off the property but the suspect returned, at which time they called Baltimore County Police for assistance. The security team is continuing to assist police in the ongoing investigation.

The Baltimore County Police are also coordinating investigative efforts into a separate incident with Maryland Transit Administration Police earlier today involving the same suspect.

The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on routine administrative leave pending the conclusion of an internal investigation into the shooting and will be named at a later time. The identity of the suspect will be released following a positive identification through the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

UPDATE (April 1, 2019 1:46 p.m.):

Booking photo of Jamell William SmithPolice have released the name of the suspect arrested in Friday's incident in Baltimore City involving County officers of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force. He is identified as Jamell William Smith (30) of the 1900 block of the Green Gage Road, 21244.

Smith, the targeted suspect of the WATF apprehension, was the passenger in a vehicle that struck two WATF detectives as it fled the scene. Smith was apprehended a short time later when the suspect vehicle was located on Melvin Avenue. The driver of the vehicle remains outstanding.

Smith was apprehended on a Baltimore County Warrant for First and Second Degree Assault. He remains held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center following a bail review hearing this morning.

Original Release (March 29, 2019 6:52 p.m.):

Two detectives from the Warrant Apprehension Task Force were injured this afternoon while attempting to make an arrest of a wanted suspect on a Baltimore County warrant while in Baltimore City.

Three units carrying seven members of the WATF, a jointly organized unit involving both Baltimore County and Baltimore City detectives dedicated to making warrant apprehensions, were following a white Kia known to be carrying the targeted wanted suspect as a passenger around 10:50 a.m. The detectives, who included both Baltimore County and Baltimore City officers, attempted to stop the Kia in the area of South Caton Avenue just south of Wilkens Avenue in front of Saint Agnes Hospital. 

Three Baltimore County detectives in an unmarked minivan stopped partially in front of the suspect's white Kia to stop the vehicle, then got out of the vehicle to facilitate the apprehension. The driver of the Kia accelerated toward the detectives as it drove up onto the sidewalk to pass in front of the minivan, striking and injuring two of them, then fleeing southbound on South Caton Avenue. All three county detectives were able to retrieve their firearms and fired shots at the suspect vehicle during the incident, shattering the rear window.

Additional officers and air support responded to the scene and began canvassing the area for the suspect vehicle, which was located parked and unoccupied in the 300 block of Melvin Avenue. Officers immediately began a search of that area for the suspects and located the targeted wanted suspect nearby on Melvin Avenue. That suspect, not yet identified pending formal charges, was taken into custody without incident. He did not suffer any injuries as a result of the shooting.

The driver of the suspect vehicle remains outstanding at the time of this posting and detectives are now working to discover the identity of that suspect. His condition is unknown.

Both of the detectives struck by the suspect vehicle were treated at Saint Agnes Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

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.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017