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Keyword: warrant apprehension task force

UPDATE (February 14, 2020 3:45 p.m.):

The officer involved and wounded in the shooting on Radecke Avenue on Wednesday is identified as Officer First Class Swinney, a 31-year veteran of the department, permanently assigned to the U.S. Marshal’s Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force (CARFTF). He has had no previous officer-involved shootings.

Officer Swinney remains hospitalized and in serious condition. Baltimore Police are continuing to conduct the investigation into this incident.

Original Release (February 12, 2020 2:45 p.m.):

Around noon in the 5900 block of Radecke Avenue, members of a joint task force were attempting to serve a felony arrest warrant.

At that time officers confronted the suspect and gun shots were fired. Two members of the task force were shot. The suspect was also shot and pronounced deceased at the scene.

The two members of the task force include a Baltimore Police officer and a Baltimore County Police officer. Both officers are currently being treated at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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. 

 
 
Revised June 27, 2017