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Just after 11:30 p.m. on February 14, 2020, Baltimore County Police responded to the 100-block of Bennett Road, 21221, for a stabbing. Officers arrived and located an adult male victim in front of the location suffering from an apparent stab wound to the upper body. The victim was transported to a local hospital, his condition is currently unknown. 

As the investigation progressed, the suspect was taken into custody at the scene. He was also transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. More information will be released once the suspect is formally charged. This investigation is being handled by the detectives from the Baltimore County Police Violent Crimes Unit. 

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.

“If he were alive today, my brother would be 33 years old. Our family and friends miss him very much. We still hope and pray Daniel’s case will be solved one day.” 

Homicide victim Daniel CoverstonCould this be that day? This is what Daniel Coverston's family and friends have wondered every day for eleven years, and what they wonder still today. Could this be the day?

On February 14, 2009, at 2:50 p.m., Daniel's friend entered his apartment in the 7000 block of Lachlan Circle to check on him. Daniel was recovering after surgery for a detached retina, so his friend expected to find him in the same place he found him the day before - lying face down on his bed. Daniel was expecting his friend so he'd left the door unlocked. His friend had checked on him a number of times since the surgery, and each time Daniel was doing what the doctor ordered, resting face down.

He walked through the apartment and into the bedroom, just like he had around 2 p.m. the day before. Something was different this time. This time Daniel didn't answer. There was blood. Daniel wasn't sleeping. 

Daniel Ho Coverston was 22 years old when he was murdered, found face down on his bed with a gunshot wound to his head.

Crime scene photo of actual phone boothThe only possible clue to the killer's identity may be in the last phone call he received, which came from a phone booth that was, at that time, located on Loch Raven Boulevard at Belvedere Avenue. Detectives believe it is possible that the phone call made from that payphone may have come from the person who entered his apartment and killed him as he was resting following his surgery.

“Our Daniel was a bright and strong spirit. He was compassionate and generous. Daniel was both academically and athletically gifted. He had an unforgettable, contagious laugh and brought joy to those around him. There is a great hole in our lives and hearts since Daniel’s murder. It is our fervent hope and prayer that we can find Justice for Daniel,” wrote Daniel's sister.

It has been eleven years since this murder took place. Someone has a piece of information that could help police solve this crime. Someone knows who killed Daniel Coverston. It is time to come forward and bring this family peace.

Contact Baltimore County Homicide Detectives with any information, regardless of how insignificant you may think it is, by calling 410-307-2020. Callers may remain anonymous.

Personal photos of Daniel Coverston and friendsToday can be the day.

Reward Offered

A $15,000 reward is being offered through Metro Crime Stoppers. Anyone who contacts Metro Crime Stoppers with information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the person responsible for Daniel Coverston's murder may be eligible for this reward.

Metro Crime Stoppers, an organization that is separate from the Baltimore County Police Department and Baltimore County Government, offers rewards for information in connection with felony offenses.

Anonymous tips can be sent to Metro Crime Stoppers by phone, online, or via their new mobile app.

Phone: 1-866-7LOCKUP

Web tip:

NEW Mobile App: P3TIPS

View the Metro Crime Stoppers of Maryland reward flyer for Daniel Coverston here:

Revised June 27, 2017