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UPDATE (May 22, 2019 11:20 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police identify the officer involved in a shooting on Skipjack Court, 21221 late Saturday night.

Police Officer First Class Knight is a 24-year veteran of the force permanently assigned to the Essex Precinct. He has no prior officer-involved shootings.

Officer Knight is presently on routine administrative leave.

UPDATE (May 17, 2020 8:44 p.m.):

The suspect involved in an officer-involved shooting in Essex last night has died.

The suspect is identified as Robert Johnson Jr (29) of the unit block of Championship Court, 21117.

The first-arriving officer encountered Johnson in the parking lot of Skipjack Court after responding to a call for a nuisance. The preliminary investigation reveals that the officer made contact with Johnson, who exited the vehicle armed with a gun.  

A second injured subject remains hospitalized with an apparent non-life-threatening injury.

Homicide detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident. The officer, who will be named at a later time, has been placed on routine administrative leave.

Original Release (May 17, 2020 3:43 a.m.):

Two Injured in Officer Involved-Shooting in Essex

Detectives are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Essex last night that injured two people.

Officers were dispatched to a call for a nuisance at 10:42 p.m involving a crowd of people in the parking lot in the unit block of Skipjack Court, 21221.

The first arriving officer was confronted with an armed suspect and discharged his weapon.

Two subjects suffered gunshot wounds. The suspect was transported to an area hospital with life threatening wounds. A second subject suffered a gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital with apparent non-life threatening injuries.

Homicide detectives are on scene investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting, including reviewing body worn camera video.

Baltimore County Police charged a suspect in two armed commercial robberies in Essex last month and believed to be responsible for additional robberies in neighboring jurisdictions.

Booking photo of Zachery Erin KuhnThe investigation in Baltimore County began on April 29 with the robbery of two businesses under similar circumstances just hours apart.

Police were called to Dollar General in the 100 block of Beacon Road, 21220 around 7:30 p.m. after the suspect purchased items but stayed in the store and continued shopping. He returned to the check out with additional items, but this time he stepped behind the counter and produced a handgun, ordering the cashier to open the safe. He fled with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Just after 9:30 p.m. police responded to a second armed robbery, this time at Domino's Pizza in the 600 block of Eastern Boulevard, 21221. This time the suspect ordered food, then stepped outside. When he returned, he again stepped behind the counter, produced a handgun and ordered an employee to open a cash register and the safe. Again, the suspect fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

Baltimore County Police Robbery Detectives worked cooperatively with the Anne Arundel County and Baltimore Police Departments, which had both experienced similar crimes, to identify the suspect, identified as Zachery Erin Kuhn (23) of the 1300 block of Pontiac Avenue, 21225. Kuhn and a female passenger were arrested during an April 30 traffic stop, at which time a loaded handgun was also located on Kuhn. 

Kuhn faces the following charges:

  • Two counts of armed robbery
  • Two counts of robbery
  • Three counts of first degree assault
  • Three counts of second degree assault
  • Two counts of theft
  • Use of a firearm in the commission of a violent crime

Kuhn is held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on denied bail status following a bail review hearing yesterday. The woman was released without charge.

One man is dead following a shooting in Middle River early Sunday morning.

Officer responded to the unit block of South Hawthorne Road for a call to check the location at 1:52 a.m. On their arrival they discovered the body of Antonio Michael Hudgins (18), also of the unit block of South Hawthorne Road, 21220, in front of the home suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Hudgins was pronounced deceased at the scene by responding medics.

The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding this shooting death and ask anyone who may have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary to contact police by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward when submitting tips through Metro Crime Stoppers.

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Revised June 27, 2017