Texas man serving in Navy identified in fatal police shooting in Dundalk

Officer is 11-year veteran assigned to North Point precinct

September 25, 2012|By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

A man shot and killed by a Baltimore County police officer in Dundalk early Sunday morning was identified as a 22-year-old from Texas.

Police said Joshua Michael Lopez, 22, of La Marque, Texas, was shot after he became combative when officers tried to interview him in response to calls for a suspicious person in the area of Seaside Road and Dunmanway about 2:21 a.m.

A Navy spokesman confirmed Tuesday that Lopez was stationed with USS Vella Gulf based in Norfolk, Va.

Police on Monday also identified the officer only as Officer Heins, an 111/2-year veteran assigned to Precinct 12 in North Point. He has been placed on administrative duty, which is the department's policy while police-involved shootings are investigated.

Baltimore County does not provide officers' first names per a police union agreement. But online salary records show officer Jacob Heins as a member of the department since 2001.

He has not been involved in prior police-involved shootings, the department said. The incident is the fifth police-involved shooting this year in the county.

Officers were called to Seaside Road for reports of people carrying backpacks walking toward the trailer park in the area. Lopez matched their description.

As he was questioned by officers, police said, Lopez struggled with one and pulled on the officer's gun belt and attempted to take his weapon.

Heins used pepper spay on Lopez, but when Lopez persisted, police said, Heins drew his weapon, shot and killed Lopez.

Lopez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said he was found with stolen property.


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