Baltimore County police shoot suspect after struggle in Windsor Mill

Officers used Tasers, pepper spray and batons in attempt to subdue man before firing

December 15, 2013|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore County Police shot a suspect early Sunday morning after officers said the man attempted to strike them with a vehicle as he tried to escape.

About 6 a.m., Baltimore County Police received a report of a woman screaming in the 3700 block of Old Milford Mill Road in Windsor Mill. Police said a man was attempting to attack the woman who was walking nearby. Armed with a knife, the man refused to comply with the officers' commands to put down the weapon, police said.

Police officers used Tasers, pepper spray and ASP batons in an attempt to subdue the man and take him into custody. The suspect then eluded officers and he jumped into a vehicle and attempted to strike them with it.

Two officers fired their weapons, striking the victim at least once. After a brief pursuit, the man, who police did not identify, was arrested.

The man was transported by Baltimore County medics to a nearby hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition. Because he continued to be combative, three police officers were required to accompany him to the hospital.

Several officers received minor injuries that did not require medical treatment. The victim was unharmed. Police officers from the Franklin and Woodlawn precincts assisted in the early morning incident.

Baltimore County Police detectives are on the scene and conducting an investigation. The officers involved in the shooting, who were not identified but will be at a later time according to departmental policy, will be assigned to administrative duties until the preliminary investigation is concluded.

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