Teen charged after deadly Catonsville raid pleads guilty to handgun charge

Taquan Barney faces up to five year sentence

  • Taquan Barney pleaded guilty firearm violations after a raid in which Baltimore County Police Officer Jason Schneider.
Taquan Barney pleaded guilty firearm violations after a raid… (Baltimore Sun )
September 17, 2014|By Jessica Anderson | The Baltimore Sun

A teenager who fled from tactical officers during a Catonsville raid last year in which an officer and another man died, pleaded guilty to a handgun charge Wednesday.

Taquan Barney, now 18, has been held at the Baltimore County Detention Center since August 28, 2013 when officers from the county's tactical unit entered his home on Roberts Avenue to execute a search warrant and arrest another teen wanted in a non-fatal shooting.

When officers entered the home, police said Barney fled but was stopped by Officer Jason Schneider. The officer was then shot by 25-year-old Tevon Smith. Schneider and a second officer returned fire, killing Smith.

Police charged Barney after finding a Taurus PT22 .22-caliber handgun in his pants pocket.

The teen sought by police in the unrelated shooting had not been at the home. He later turned himself in and was acquitted of all charges in May.

Barney's sentencing is scheduled for October 22. He faces up to five years for the handgun charge, though his attorney is asking for time served.

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