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Keyword: subject with a gun

UPDATE (July 19, 2019 10:30 a.m.):

Baltimore County Police have charged the suspect responsible for the July 18th homicide at the Comfort Inn on Loch Raven Boulevard. 

Deonte James Griffin, 26, of the 3700-block of Eastman Road, 21133 has been charged with first degree murder, first degree assault, and use of a firearm to commit a crime of violence. He is being held at the Baltimore County Department of Corrections, pending a bail review hearing today at 1:00 p.m.

 

 

UPDATE (July 18, 2019 4:18 p.m.):

Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit detectives have arrested a suspect in the homicide of a man at the Comfort Inn on Loch Raven Boulevard early this morning.

The preliminary investigation indicates that the victim, identified as Jeremiah David Koch (30) from Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania, was summoned to a room at the Comfort Inn by a third man to help calm the suspect, who was in an agitated state. The suspect, who is not yet being identified pending formal charges, produced a handgun. The third man ran from the room, calling 9-1-1 and reporting hearing shots fired.

When officers arrived they found the victim deceased in the room, suffering from trauma to the upper body, presumably a gunshot wound. Detectives are still awaiting results of an autopsy performed by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to confirm the cause and manner of death.

The suspect initially fled the scene but was later located in the area and taken into custody. The identity of the suspect will be released tomorrow following formal charging.

Original Release (July 18, 2019 1:25 p.m.):

Police remain on the scene of what is being investigated as a homicide at the Comfort Inn on Loch Raven Boulevard.

Officers were dispatched to the hotel at 8801 Loch Raven Boulevard around 2:26 a.m. for a call of a man with a gun. When officers arrived they were directed to a room inside the hotel where they discovered an adult man with trauma to the upper body. The man, who has not yet been positively identified, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The body will be transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death.

Detectives from the Baltimore County Homicide Unit will continue the investigation into this death. Additional details will be released as they are made available. Anyone who may have information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact detectives by calling 410-307-2020.

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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, (January 30, 4:30 p.m.):

After a review by the Baltimore County State's Attorney, the Baltimore County Police Department has released video from a body-worn camera worn by a patrol officer in a fatal January 26, 2017 incident. In this incident, a man who threatened family members with a rifle was shot by a BCoPD officer in Precinct 9/White Marsh after he refused to comply with another officer's orders to surrender and reached for the gun.

The officer who negotiated with the suspect and tried to persuade him to surrender safely was wearing the camera. The clip begins with the officer's conversation with the suspect and ends after the officer runs for safety as the second officer fires two shots at the suspect.

BCoPD has identified the officer who fired the shots as Officer First Class Langley, assigned to Precinct 8/Parkville. He is a 15-year veteran of the agency and has no prior police-involved shootings. He was not equipped with a body camera.

This incident remains under investigation by the BCoPD Homicide Unit, which investigates all police-involved shootings. After the investigation is complete, it will be reviewed by the State's Attorney's Office.

Body-worn camera footage from the patrol officer who negotiated with Kerry Lee Coomer

Original release:

A man who threatened family members with a gun was shot last night by police in Precinct 9/White Marsh when he reached for a powerful scoped rifle as they tried to de-escalate the crisis.

The suspect is Kerry Lee Coomer, 59, of the unit block of Greenwood Ave., 21206 – the same address where last night’s incident took place.

Patrol officers were dispatched to the unit block of Greenwood Avenue at 10:43 p.m. for a report of a suicidal subject with a gun. Coomer’s estranged wife, who lives nearby, told police he had been arguing with her throughout the day and was verbally and visibly suicidal; he said he wanted to die, and he pointed the gun – a .30-.30 scoped rifle – at himself.

Coomer threatened the estranged wife and another family member.  At some point, he pointed the rifle at one of them, and that is when the estranged wife called police.

Coomer came onto the porch when patrol responded, and one officer began to talk to him in an effort to calm him and de-escalate the situation. A second officer provided cover. The first officer provided clear verbal commands for the suspect to put up his hands and come off the porch. The suspect refused.

As the first officer continued to verbally engage the suspect, he suddenly reached for the rifle and brought it up. The officer turned and ran for his life. The cover officer fired two shots. Both hit the suspect in the upper body.

Baltimore County Fire Department medic crews were called immediately. The suspect was declared dead at the scene.

The Homicide Unit’s investigation is ongoing. The Homicide Unit investigates all police involved shootings. After the investigation is complete, the incident will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office.

The officer involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative status while the incident is reviewed.

Body camera footage from the officer who communicated with the suspect and fled for his life is part of the investigation. The officer who fired the shots was not equipped with a body camera.

BCoPD’s body camera program began last July and is expected to be fully deployed by September 30, 2017.

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017