Police Id Gunman Who Died In Shootout

November 02, 2009|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,dick.irwin@baltsun.com

Officials have identified the man who shot and wounded a county police officer responding to a report of a domestic disturbance in Overlea.

Edward Paul Boss, 47, then was slain by other officers responding to the distress call in the 6800 block of Highview Ave., where Boss lived, according to a spokesman for the Baltimore County Police Department.

The wounded officer, who returned fire after being shot in the shoulder, was identified as Officer Parker, who has been a member of the Parkville force for 23 years and who is assigned to the Parkville precinct.

Because of a contractual agreement with the police union, the officer is being identified by only his last name.

Parker was released Saturday after undergoing surgery at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

The officer arrived on Highview Avenue about 5:30 p.m. Friday in response to a call that a man was assaulting a woman. The woman threatened by Boss was thought to be his wife, but police have not confirmed their relationship.

Officer Parker was shot after he got out of his patrol car and approached the man. He fired his service revolver and radioed for help. Moments later, squad cars filled the tree-lined street. Officers sought cover behind bushes and the doors of their patrol cars, police said.

Residents of the street were told to remain in their homes as police officers advanced on Boss. During what county Police Chief Jim Johnson described as a "gun battle," Boss was shot and killed.

Which officer or officers fired the fatal shots and how many were fired remains under investigation, police said.

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