Armed woman is killed by Baltimore Co. officer Woman pointed gun at officer, police say

January 22, 1993|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Staff Writer Staff writer Roger Twigg contributed to this article.

An armed woman was shot and killed late last night by a Baltimore County policeman investigating a couple arguing in a vehicle in Woodlawn, police say.

The dead woman was identified as Joan K. Warrington, 33, of the 100 block of Oak Ave., Glen Burnie. Officer Philip J. Crumbacker of the Woodlawn Precinct, a five-year veteran of the force, was put on administrative leave pending an investigation, police said.

According to police, the woman and her male companion fit the description of a couple seen arguing in a Chevrolet Blazer at a service station on Windsor Mill Road. The report said one of the occupants had a handgun. By the time police arrived, at 11:30 p.m., the pair apparently had driven off.

At 11:50 p.m., Officer Crumbacker was in the 1800 block of Woodlawn Drive, across from Woodlawn Senior High School, when he spotted a couple arguing in a Blazer next to a Texaco station, police said. The officer ordered the man out of the Blazer. He complied.

Police said the woman picked up a gun and pointed it at the officer.

The officer drew his handgun and repeatedly warned the woman to drop her gun. When she refused, he fired several shots. Apparently wounded but still holding the gun in a threatening manner, the woman, who never fired, was shot at least once more before she collapsed, police said.

The woman's companion, Jeffrey Lee Ward, 36, of the 7200 block of Chamberlain Road, near Woodlawn, was taken to the Woodlawn station and charged with assaulting the woman and with a handgun violation.

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