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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2010
An off-duty District of Columbia police officer's service weapon was taken during a carjacking in East Baltimore on Monday night, city police confirmed. The 44-year-old officer told police he was driving home on Harford Road and East 25 t h Street at about 11:40 p.m. when a woman stepped in front of his car and a man armed with a handgun ordered him out of the vehicle, police said. The man and woman drove off in the car, a black Dodge Magnum, but were tracked down by city police in the 1200 block of E. Chase St. Officers initiated a pursuit and eventually located the car idling and unoccupied in the 1800 block of Collington Ave., police said.
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By Alison Knezevich and The Baltimore Sun | October 9, 2014
A Baltimore police officer who authorities say shot a man who attacked him in Middle River last month has been cleared of wrongdoing, Baltimore County police said Thursday. The officer was justified in his actions during the Sept. 20 incident on Red Rose Farm Road, State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger's office said. The officer was identified as Officer Michael Nolan-Anderson by the city police department and by Shellenberger's office. County police say Nolan-Anderson had gotten off work and was driving about 12:30 a.m. when one of two intoxicated men "somehow damaged the mirror on his vehicle.
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December 5, 2009
An off-duty city police officer critically wounded a man who was holding up a Hampden liquor store Friday night. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a customer at Hampden Liquors left the store as it was being robbed by two men about 8:20 p.m. The customer encountered an off-duty Northwestern District officer walking along the 3700 block of Falls Road. The officer went to the store and saw a 20-year-old man pointing a handgun at a clerk. Guglielmi said the officer, while on the street, "took a defensive position" and fired shots at the robber, wounding him in the upper torso.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
Marylanders planning to travel to Ocean City for the Labor Day holiday need to be aware of the potential for dangerous rip currents because of tropical storm Cristobal, which continues to churn far out in the Atlantic. So far this summer Ocean City has seen a number of deaths related to rip currents, including an 18-year-old from Virginia who drowned Tuesday, leading town officials to post swimming restrictions that could last into the weekend. In an interview in July, Capt.
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June 9, 2010
In the wake of the tragic incident involving the shooting of an Iraq war veteran by an off-duty Baltimore City Police officer outside of a nightclub, there are calls to review policies of the police department regarding off-duty officers and their weapons ("Fatal shooting by Baltimore police officer raises questions about off-duty weapons," June 8). I believe it is time to re-evaluate the policy of off-duty police officers carrying their service weapons. Currently, Baltimore City Police Officers are required to carry their service weapons at all times they are within city limits.
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By Peter Hermann | peter.hermann@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | June 5, 2010
An off-duty Baltimore police officer shot and killed an unarmed man outside a Mount Vernon nightclub early Saturday. Police said the officer fired his service weapon at least 13 times on a crowded street after witnesses said the victim groped the officer's female companion. While police said witnesses agreed that the victim had inappropriately touched the woman and fought with the officer, spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said detectives have "not been able to find a concrete motive" as to why the officer used his weapon.
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November 10, 2009
Baltimore County police have charged a second man in the stabbing of an off-duty Baltimore police officer last week at a strip club in the Dundalk area. Glenn Christopher Lansinger, 27, of the 8200 block of N. Boundary Road in Dundalk was charged with attempted first-degree murder and assault in the attack early Thursday against Eric Jansen, 42. Lansinger and Lucas James Baumeister, 23, of the 400 block of Marjeff Place in Overlea, stabbed Jansen in the neck and lower back about 2 a.m. Thursday as the officer was leaving Christina's Female Revue, in the 4500 block of North Point Blvd.
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By David Nakamura and Maria Glod, The Washington Post | June 11, 2010
An off-duty Maryland state trooper who had planned to take a youth mentoring group to New York on Friday was ambushed and killed by a gunman early that morning after intervening in a dispute over a bill at a Forestville restaurant, authorities said. Wesley Brown, 24, was working as a part-time security guard at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill and Bar on Donnell Drive when he was shot about 12:30 a.m. in the parking lot. Covered in blood, he stumbled into the crowded restaurant and collapsed as patrons called 911. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.
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By Nick Madigan, The Baltimore Sun | June 7, 2010
The Baltimore Police Department plans to review its rules regarding officers carrying of firearms while off-duty in the wake of a fatal shooting involving an officer out for a night on the town. The internal review is being undertaken as a matter of course and not because the rules "aren't strict enough," Anthony Guglielmi, the department's chief spokesman, said Monday. Of particular interest is whether off-duty officers should be permitted to carry guns when they expect to be drinking alcohol.
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By Richard Irwin | December 5, 2006
An off-duty Baltimore police officer was shot early today outside his home in North Baltimore in an apparent attempted robbery, police said. The Northwestern District officer, whose name was withheld, was shot at least once in the back in the 5700 block of The Alameda about 12:30 a.m., police said. The officer, who was wearing his uniform under an overcoat or jacket, was stepping from his private vehicle when he was approached by at least one gunman. The officer was shot after a brief struggle.
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By Carrie Wells and Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
A veteran Baltimore County police officer was suspended this week and faces several criminal charges after the department said he tried to break into a Dundalk home in search of drugs. Officer Joseph Stanley Harden, 31, of Towson told investigators he became addicted to Oxycodone after a work-related injury. He was charged late Thursday with attempted burglary, drug possession, attempted robbery and malicious destruction of property. The department said he has been suspended without pay. His police powers also have been suspended.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2014
About eight years ago, a local business executive asked Colt Bracken, a Baltimore County police detective, if he'd be interested in working a second job as a personal driver. Bracken jumped at the opportunity and since then has turned the venture - mainly through word of mouth - into a growing business, he said. His company, Security Dawgs, now employs more than a dozen off-duty and retired law enforcement officers from around the region as part-time drivers and to provide security.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
An off-duty Prince George's County police officer was arrested in Curtis Bay Tuesday after a road rage incident that ended with him pointing his gun at another driver, Anne Arundel County police said. The 47-year-old victim told police that the officer, identified as Joey Torres, 44, drove past him in a Chevrolet Equinox in the left lane on Intestate 97. The driver, who was not identified, said he moved his Volkswagen Passat into the lane behind the Equinox to keep up with traffic, police said.
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By Justin George and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2014
An off-duty Baltimore police officer was charged Tuesday in Pennsylvania with attempted homicide after police there said he shot a man multiple times outside the officer's home. John E. Torres, 33, is accused of shooting a 34-year-old Baltimore man several times in the upper torso and arm after a confrontation outside of Torres' apartment complex around midday. York Area Regional Police Sgt. Jeffry Dunbar said Torres, who was in his police uniform at the time but off-duty, turned himself in at the scene.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | January 27, 2014
Baltimore is poised to pay a $200,000 settlement to the family of a Marine veteran killed outside a Mount Vernon nightclub by an off-duty police officer in June 2010. Though Gahiji Tshamba was not on the job when he shot 32-year-old Tyrone Brown 12 times, the victim's family argued in court filings that the city should share responsibility for the incident because Tshamba remained on the police force after several other off-duty arrests. The settlement, due for consideration Wednesday by the Board of Estimates, would conclude a $270 million federal lawsuit filed in 2011 against police commanders, the state and the city.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | November 19, 2013
A Howard County Circuit Court Judge ruled Tuesday that the Howard County police officer who allegedly attacked a man in an off-duty incident near his home in Columbia is not guilty of second-degree assault, according to State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan. Seven-year veteran Lawrence Cameron Cook, 31, was placed on no-duty status with pay and police powers suspended after being indicted in July. According to police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn, Cook will remain on no-duty status until a internal investigation is concluded.  The charge stemmed from a March incident in which Cook, of  the 49900 block of Dorsey Hall Drive,  allegedly assaulted a man  in the parking lot of a Giant located in the village of Dorsey Search some time between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. The State's Attorney was notifed of the incident by police.  The accuser, Craig Kesler, 29, of Anne Arundel County, said he is a Washington Post employee who was delivering newspapers to a grocery store at the time of the incident.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | September 25, 2013
The State's Attorney's Office plans to present video surveillance footage as evidence during its prosecution of a Howard County police officer charged with assaulting a man while off-duty, State's Attorney spokesman Wayne Kirwan said Wednesday.  Kirwan also said the March incident involving Pfc. Lawrence Cameron Cook, a seven-year veteran of the force, took place in the parking lot of a Giant located in the village of Dorsey Search in Columbia between...
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By Yvonne Wenger and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2013
Matt Fortese came 75 miles from Hagerstown to meet Taylor Queen at Camden Yards. She drove more than three hours from Virginia. Their second date was going well, Queen said, until an hour of taunting from two fans boiled over into an altercation that left Fortese fighting for his life. Fortese, a lifelong Yankees fan who wore his team's cap to Wednesday's game, suffered severe head trauma and a skull fracture. He was listed in serious condition at Maryland Shock Trauma Center Saturday.
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