Fallen Hero Anniversary Date: Lt. Michael Howe

August 11, 2008 is the anniversary date of the line-of-duty death of Lt. Michael Howe.

On the morning of August 10, 2008, Lieutenant Michael Howe was with his tactical unit at the scene of a murder-suicide in Precinct 4/Pikesville. When he returned home after the incident, he suffered a massive stroke and was taken to the hospital. He died on August 11, 2008.

Under departmental regulations memorial ribbon bars will be worn on the uniform, above all other ribbons above the badge, or mourning bands will be worn on the badge on the anniversary dates of Baltimore county police officers killed in the line-of-duty.

Memorial ribbon bars or mourning bands will be worn on 8/11/18 to honor and remember Lt. Howe.

Grand Jury Decides Not to Charge in Officer Involved Shooting

After deliberating for less than 3 minutes, the Grand Jury decided against any charges for Ofc. McCain for a shooting on 7/3/18 in Rosedale.

News article

The Baltimore County police officer who shot a shoplifting suspect July 3 in Rosedale will not be charged, according to the state’s attorney for Baltimore County.

A Baltimore County grand jury declined to charge Officer First Class McCain after hearing the facts of the case and viewing body camera footage from the incident on Wednesday, according to a news release from Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger’s office.

McCain, a 17-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department, shot Micah Tucker, 38, who was sitting in the passenger seat of what police said was a stolen SUV driven by 32-year-old Robyn Slack, of Cedmont.

It is at least the second time McCain has shot a shoplifting suspect. He fatally shot a man who was allegedly attempting to steal detergent from a Giant Food in Catonsville in 2017, and was also involved in a nonfatal shooting in 2006.

He was suspended with pay at the time of the incident, police said. It was unclear if he had returned to work as of July 18.

“As with any police-involved shooting, the police department will conduct an administrative review of all of the officers’ actions who were involved in this incident,” Cpl. Shawn Vinson, a spokesman for the police department, said

Tucker, a Belair-Edison resident, according to court records, was suspected of shoplifting from a Walgreens in Parkville early July 3. His shooting followed a 15-minute police chase as officers followed the SUV from Harford and Joppa roads to the 7400 block of Pulaski Highway. During the pursuit, another police vehicle attempted to block the car, footage from McCain’s body camera showed. The SUV turned and crashed into McCain’s police cruiser.

Later, McCain could be heard shouting at Slack and Tucker, “Stop the car! Stop the car!” before firing his gun at the car 11 times. It was unclear from the footage whether Slack headed toward McCain, as police said, or whether she was attempting to flee the scene.

McCain was not hurt in the July 3 incident.

Shellenberger declined to say whether his office sought charges against McCain.

“We decided to let the grand jury make the decision. So they heard the facts and we were leaving it up to them,” he said. “We thought it would be important for the public to know that an independent group of Baltimore County citizens made the decision.”

Members of the media were allowed to watch the footage taken by McCain’s body camera during the incident earlier this month. Although no charges were filed against McCain, Shellenberger said his office will not release McCain’s body camera footage to the public because cases are still open against Tucker and Slack, and it could prejudice juries.

Tucker was charged with two counts of theft less than $100, and Slack was charged with second-degree assault and two counts of theft less than $100, court records show. Tucker was released, and Slack is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

Attorneys for Tucker and Slack were not listed in court documents.

Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell contributed to this article.

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FOP Lodge #4 Wins the Petition to Confirm and Enforce the Arbitration Award in Section 6.1c Grievance

The FOP’s Petition to Confirm and Enforce the arbitration award in Baltimore County Circuit Court for the Section 6.1c grievance was heard on May 2, 2018 by  Judge Souder.

On May 3, 2018 she issued an order confirming the arbitration award.

The County has 30 days to appeal to the Court of Special Appeals.

Judge Souder’s Court Order

Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4’s Final Proposal Adopted by Arbitrator

On March 16, 2018 the Baltimore County Administration and FOP Lodge #4 participated in an interest arbitration hearing for the July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 Memorandum of Understanding. On March 31, 2018 Arbitrator Jaffe issued an award in favor of the last, best and final offer of the FOP. Those items are listed below.

FOP LODGE #4 FY 19 LAST, BEST AND FINAL OFFER 

Section 6.1 Wages
(A) Effective January 1, 2019, the pay schedule IV salary scale shall be increased by three (3%) percent.

(B) Steps and longevities shall be guaranteed for fiscal year 2019.

(C) For fiscal year 2019 if any other bargaining unit represented by a union receives a mutually agreed upon wage increase or any other form of compensation/fringe benefit, including but not limited to premium pay, allowances, special duty pay, reclassifications, pension and insurance, members of the bargaining unit shall receive the same amount of increase on the same effective If such other bargaining units receive different increases in wages or other forms of compensation/fringe benefits, the members of the Fraternal Order of Police bargaining unit shall receive the amount of increase which is the highest for each category of wages and compensation/fringe benefit, provided on the earliest effective date agreed by the County for each such improvement.

Section 6.8: Shift Differential
(A) All employees who are scheduled to work shifts 3 & 4 shall receive a shift differential of 3.15% of the hourly rate of a maximum police officer first class for those hours actually worked during said shift. Effective January 1, 2019, all employees who are scheduled to work shifts 3 & 4 shall receive a shift differential of 3.5% of the hourly rate of a maximum police officer first class for those hours actually worked during said shift.

(B) All employees who are scheduled to work shift 1 shall receive a shift differential of 4.0 of the hourly rate of a maximum police officer first class for those hours actually worked during said shift. Effective January 1, 2019, all employees who are scheduled to work shift 1 shall receive a shift differential of 4.5% of the hourly rate of a maximum police officer first class for those hours actually worked during said shift.

(C) Overtime shall be based on the hourly rate for the shift worked previously to the overtime.

Section 6.11:  Holiday Pay
(A)
Employees working on the following holidays receive one and one-half times their regular rate: New Year’s, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Labor Day, Memorial Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, July 4th, Veteran’s Day, President’s Day and Columbus Day. Payment shall be on the basis of the majority of the shift hours falling within the holiday hours.

(B) Employees who are directed by management not to report to work on Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Veteran’s Day, President’s Day and Columbus Day shall be granted leave for that day, without a change to their leave schedules.

(C) Employees who were scheduled not to report to work, as directed in paragraph (B) of this section and called in to work under Section 6.4 will still be granted leave (marked “P”) that entire day without a change to their leave balances. Additionally, those members shall be paid at time and one half their hourly-rates for a minimum of four (4) hours or the actual number of hours worked, whichever is greater.  

Section 6.12 Field Training Officers Effective July 1, 2009, the differential shall be two dollars and fifty cents per hour. Effective January 1, 2019, the shift differential shall be five dollars per ($5.00) hour.

Section 10.7: Pension Modifications
(f) Effective January 1, 2019 all pay schedule IV employees hired prior to July 1, 2014 will contribute 9.50% of their salary toward their pension.

Section 17.1: Furloughs and Layoffs– Bargaining unit members shall not be furloughed or laid off (i.e., “riffed”) in fiscal year 2019

ARTICLE 18: DURATION AND SCOPE OF MEMORANDUM

Section 18.3: Duration
This Memorandum of Understanding shall become effective July 1, 2018 and shall continue in full force and effect until June 30, 2019. This Memorandum of Understanding shall be automatically renewed from year to year after June 30, 2019 unless:

(A) Either party shall notify the other in writing no later than October 15, 2018 (or October 15thof any subsequent year thereafter in case of an automatic renewal) that it desires to terminate, modify or amend this Memorandum of Understanding, or

(B) The County Council fails to approve the necessary appropriations to support the fiscal obligations of the County under this Memorandum of Understanding for any year covered by this Memorandum of

 

A Snapshot of Policing in Baltimore County 2013-2017

Law enforcement officers across the country have faced intense public scrutiny about officer conduct and the use of force by officers on the citizens they serve.  National and local events have gained widespread attention on both traditional and social media creating a perception that police misconduct is a common occurrence and is often ignored or denied by those in the law enforcement profession.  Over the past five years, the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 has gathered information from statistics readily available to the public that dispel that perception yet garner little or no attention. As you can see from the statistics below, the members of the Baltimore County Police Department are professional and provide a great service to the citizens of Baltimore County.

 

Year County Population Calls for Service Assaults on Officers Arrests Uses of Force Citizen Complaints
2013 817,455 580,416   692 27,982   318 124
2014 824,000 572,289   659 26,989   305   89
2015 824,000 582,894   660 25,651   300   85
2016 826,000 606,851   609 24,534   252   71
2017 831,000 709,627   581 23,584   208   52
3,052,078 3,201 128,740 1,383 421

 

County Population
The county population has steadily grown since 2013. Demographics available on the county website showed that in 2010 the population was 64% white, 26% African American, 4% Hispanic, 6% other.

Calls for Service
The number of calls for service shown includes all calls to 911, non-emergency calls and traffic stops. This does not take into account the numerous undocumented interactions with citizens that officers have every day.

Calls for service for 2013 – 2017 was 3,052,077. The 5-year time period shows a steady increase. The average number of calls for service was 610,415.

Arrests
In Baltimore County between 2013 and 2017 there were a total of 128,740 arrests made.  That equates to an average of 25,748 arrests per year in a county where the population has grown to 831,000.  The number of arrests has consistently trended downward since 2013 (15.7%) while the population has steadily grown. In 2013 Baltimore County officers arrested someone on every 20.75 call for service. In 2017 officers arrested someone on every 30.0 calls for service.

Uses of Force by Officers
In the Baltimore County Police Department, a “use of force” report must be completed when an officer uses any execution of a physical act to control a person, overcome resistance, and/or defend oneself or another.  The force may entail the use of body parts, issued departmental equipment, or an instrument of necessity.

In the five years indicated above, Baltimore County officers used force (excluding firearms) a total of 1,383 times.  From 2013-2017 there has been a 34% decrease in uses of force by officers.  Additionally, the statistics show that force was only used in 1 out of 2,206 calls for service or  00.0453% of all calls for service and 1.07% in all arrests.

Internal Affairs statistics show that officers were involved in combat shootings 30 times during the same time period averaging about 6 per year.  This equates to the use of a firearm in 00.00098% of all calls for service and in 00.023% of all arrests.

Assaults on Officers
During the 5-year time period officers reported being assaulted 3,201 times averaging 640.2 assaults per year. (There has been 1 line of duty death) While assaults on officers have been trending downward (16%), the numbers show that officers in Baltimore County are 2.3 times more likely to be assaulted by a citizen than use force against a citizen. (Note: Use of force by officers is down 34% during the same time period)

Citizen Complaints
According to the Internal Affairs Section in the Baltimore County Police Department there were 421 complaints from citizens about officer misconduct, including uses of force.  That equates to an average of 84 per year and has also been steadily trending downward (58%). Over the entire time period there was an average of 1 citizen complaint for every 7,249 calls for service. The best year was 2017 with 1 citizen complaint for every 13,646 calls for service.

Administrative Complaints
An Administrative complaint is defined as a complaint filed by members internally within the police department.  According to the Internal Affairs Section in the Baltimore County Police Department there were 427 complaints initiated from within the department from 2013-2017.  That equates to an average of 85 per year and 50% of all Internal Affairs investigations. There were actually 6 more complaints generated from within the police department than from citizens

Closing
There is a very select group of citizens in a part of Maryland that has a mistrust of their police department and that is unfortunate.  That is certainly not the case in Baltimore County.  We enjoy an excellent working relationship with the community we serve.

 

President Weston testifies against HB453 in front of House Judiciary Committee

Please look at the testimony by President Weston at the House Judiciary Committee on HB453 requiring officers working uniformed secondary employment to wear body cameras. The bill is cross filed with SB209.

The House bill is sponsored by Del. West and the Senate bill is being sponsored by Senator Brochin.

President Weston testifies at 31:31 into the video after Del. West and Baltimore County State’s Attorney Shellenberger who are at the beginning of the video.

The Maryland State FOP and Baltimore County FOP Lodge #4 are  opposing both of these bills for the reasons put forth by President Weston.

Video

 

Pension Subtraction Modification for Retired Public Safety

In 2017 Governor Hogan signed the bill passed by the state legislature to provide for a $15,000.00 Pension Subtraction Modification for Retired Law Enforcement, Fire, Rescue or Emergency Services Personnel starting at age 55. Information can be located in the 2017 Maryland State and Local Tax Forms Instructions booklet published by the Comptroller of Maryland, specifically, instruction #13, Subtraction from Income, section rr, pages 9 and 10.

PENSION EXCLUSION FOR RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR FIRE, RESCUE, OR EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL. Note: An individual taxpayer may not claim BOTH the standard Pension Exclusion and the Pension Exclusion for Retired Law Enforcement Officer or Fire, Rescue, or Emergency Services Personnel. If you are 65 or older on the last day of the calendar year, you are totally disabled, or your spouse is totally disabled, and you have received qualified pension income, you should complete the Pension Exclusion Computation Worksheet (13A) regardless of your prior work history. It is permissible for one spouse to claim the standard Pension Exclusion and the other spouse to claim the Pension Exclusion for Retired Law Enforcement Officer or Fire, Rescue, or Emergency Services Personnel if each spouse meets the applicable required criteria. If you meet the below criteria, use the Pension Exclusion Worksheet (13E) to calculate your eligible pension exclusion:

  1. You were 55 or over on the last day of the tax year, AND b. You were not 65 or older, or totally disabled, or have a spouse who is totally disabled, AND c. You included on your federal return taxable income received as a pension, annuity or endowment from an “employee retirement system” qualified under Section 401(a), 403 or 457(b) of the Internal Revenue Code, AND d. The retirement income is attributable to your service as a law enforcement officer or fire, rescue, or emergency services personnel of the United States, the State of Maryland, or a political subdivision of Maryland. Each spouse who meets the above requirements may be entitled to the exclusion. If each spouse is eligible, complete a separate column on the RETIRED LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OR FIRE, RESCUE, OR EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL PENSION EXCLUSION COMPUTATION WORKSHEET (13E). Combine your allowable exclusions from line 8 of the worksheet and enter the total amount on line rr, Form 502SU.

Each member is encouraged to consult with their individual tax preparer to determine how these provisions apply.

2017 FOP Lodge #4 Election Results

The following is the results of the 2017 FOP Lodge #4 election. A total of 1292 ballots were returned. Five (5) ballots were invalid for too many selections (more than 5 board members selected) for a total of 1287.
The term for President and the Executive Board of Directors begins in December 2017 and expires in December 2019.

Congratulation to the winners and all those who participated and voted this year.

President:
Cole Weston – 959
Doug Jess – 301

1st VP – Steven Comegna – (unopposed)
2nd VP – David Rose – (unopposed)
Treasurer – Bob Caskey – (unopposed)
Secretary- Donna Patterson – (unopposed)
State Trustee – Don Patterson – (unopposed)
Chaplain – Tony DiCara – (unopposed)
Sergeant at Arms – Ryan Massey – (unopposed)

Executive Board of Directors:
Mike DiCara – 950
Kathy Kraemer – 908
Tom Scally – 878
Dave Sweren – 874
Jim Rommel – 870
Justin Warnick – 573
Sekou Hinton – 361

Bold font denotes the winners

Class Grievance for Police Officer Part-Time Has Been Resolved

On October 5, the FOP filed a class grievance against Chief Sheridan and Baltimore County Office of Human Resources after they posted a job opening for the position of Police Officer Part-Time on the county website. The listing also contained a salary and job description. These items have to be negotiated with the FOP.  A request to bargain also was sent to Chief Sheridan.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Baltimore County Government and the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4 (FOP), specifically article 1 section 1.2 “Employee Defined” states “Whenever used in this MOU, the term “employee” shall mean all sworn personnel up to and including the rank of Lieutenant of the Police Department.”

Furthermore, article 1 section 1.1 “Union Recognition” states “The Administration recognizes the FOP as the exclusive representative of its employees as defined in Section in Section 1.2 of this article with respect to wages, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.”

Through the Police Officer Part Time position, the Department and the County are altering the negotiated terms and conditions of employment. It would also cause those hired in the position of part time police officer to be unrepresented should they be accused of any wrongdoing or sustain any liability.

On October 19, 2017, Chief Sheridan issued a correspondence denying the grievance and refusing to bargain.

Our appeal to step #3 was promptly filed with the Office of Administrative Hearings. That hearing was scheduled for November 1, 2017 at 1:30pm.

On October 30, 2017, Chief Sheridan issued a correspondence rescinding the position of “part-time police officer”. The posting has also been removed from the county website.

On October 31, 2017, President Weston responded in a correspondence to Chief Sheridan and the Office of Administrative Hearings that the FOP was withdrawing its request to bargain and the class grievance.

Jurors acquit Baltimore County police officer accused of kicking, spitting on a suspect

After deliberating for about 30 minutes Thursday, a Baltimore County jury acquitted a police officer accused of unlawfully kicking and spitting on a suspect during an arrest that was captured on video by a city police helicopter.

A group of jurors then waited outside the Towson courthouse to thank the officer, Christopher M. Spivey, for his service.

“It was hands down he was innocent,” said Cindy Blanchard, 51, of White Marsh.

Spivey, in turn, thanked the jurors.

Spivey, 29, was charged with four counts of second-degree assault, each carrying up to 10 years in prison, for allegedly kicking 20-year-old Diamontae Tyquan Farrar, who led police on a lengthy car chase in a stolen car on Jan. 25 and then fled on foot. Spivey was the first officer to catch up to Farrar.

A Baltimore police helicopter assisting in the pursuit captured the incident on video. The state’s attorney’s office alleged Spivey used excessive force, kicking Farrar as he got on the ground to surrender, and two more times as he was being handcuffed. Spivey was also accused of spitting on Farrar as he lay handcuffed on the ground.

Spivey said on the stand Wednesday that he feared Farrar might be armed, leading him to make a quick decision to run toward him and kick him to keep him from reaching for a possible gun or other weapon.

In closing arguments, Deputy State’s Attorney Robin S. Coffin questioned why the kicking wasn’t documented by police if it was necessary to arrest Farrar.

Spivey also denied spitting on the man.

Over three days of testimony, the state and the defense repeatedly showed the video captured by the city police helicopter that assisted in the chase. Two Baltimore officers, Edward Nero and John Bilheimer, testified that they were concerned about the video and felt compelled to report it to their supervisors. Nero was one of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the 2015 arrest and death of Freddie Gray. Nero was acquitted last year, though he still faces a departmental hearing in that case.

Spivey’s attorneys made a point to slow the video down for jurors and give commentary.

“When you slow the video down, you can actually see what happened,” Blanchard, one of the jurors, said afterward.

The defense also called Charles “Joe” Key, an expert in police policy and procedures, who testified that Spivey acted as any “reasonable” officer would.

Another juror, Patty Wise, of Lansdowne said “I am very proud of this officer. He did what he was trained to do.”

Dr. Anand Dutta, 40, a physician from Cockeysville who also was on the panel, said jurors moved quickly after agreeing that the state lacked evidence. Dutta said the video of the incident provided an incomplete picture and that information from the officers on the scene was needed to get the full story. The defense called other officers at the scene who said they did not see Spivey spit on Farrar.

Spivey was suspended with pay for nine months before the trial and still faces an internal investigation.

“We certainly hope that in the future, [the state’s attorney’s office] will investigate these matters more thoroughly before they charge a good cop like Chris Spivey,” said his attorney, Brian Thompson.

He said the state’s attorney’s office wrongly based their investigation on a single video and cautioned that the rush to charge Spivey could deter county police officers from doing their job.

“I think we’ve all seen what’s happened in Baltimore City since the Freddie Gray case. The police have stopped policing, and who could blame them,” Thompson said.

David Rose, second vice president for the Baltimore County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 4, expressed similar concerns, and said the state’s attorney’s office wil have to “regain some confidence with the troops at large.”

Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger defended his office’s actions in pursuing the case against Spivey.

“We felt like we had sufficient evidence based on the video alone,” he said.

Shellenberger said his office carefully evaluates cases involving officers.

“I take my responsibility to police the police very seriously,” he said. “Only twice in 10 years have we prosecuted a police officer for a crime. I think it’s a very important aspect of our job. I believe I owe it to the public in the cases that we think are sufficient to go forward to go forward.”

Spivey appeared relieved after the verdict, and hugged his attorneys in the courtroom. Outside, he thanked jurors for returning a favorable verdict.

They “very delicately looked at each of the facts and testimony,” he said.

Farrar was convicted of theft and attempting to elude police in the incident. He received a three-year sentence last month.

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FOP Lodge #4 wins the article 6.1c grievance in arbitration

Below is the arbitration award and correction letter for the article 6.1c grievance (me too clause).  In the original award on page 6, the arbitrator refers to “Montgomery County Labor Commissioner”. That is later corrected in a letter from the arbitrator.

The FOP will attempt to begin communication with the County to implement the award.

Arbitration award of Salvatore Arrigo

arbitration correction

 

Baltimore County prosecutors rule fatal Catonsville shooting by off-duty officer justified

Baltimore County prosecutors have ruled that the fatal shooting of a 35-year-old man by an off-duty officer outside a Catonsville Giant store this month was legally justified.

County State’s Attorney Scott D. Shellenberger announced the decision Monday and released surveillance footage from the grocery store at U.S. 40 and Rolling Road.

On Aug. 1, an off-duty officer, who has been identified only as Officer 1st Class McCain of the Parkville precinct, was working security at the store when he confronted Christopher E. Clapp, who was suspected of shoplifting, in the parking lot, police have said.

According to police, Clapp began driving away, dragging McCain.

In the video released Monday, Clapp’s car is seen coming into view with the officer partially seen next to the driver’s side door. As the vehicle comes to a stop, the officer is seen falling to the ground and then getting up. It is not clear from the video exactly when McCain shot Clapp.

In a letter to the police department released Monday, Deputy State’s Attorney Robin S. Coffin wrote that she had reviewed surveillance footage from the Giant, statements from several eyewitnesses, and the statement of the officer. She wrote that McCain reached into the car “to affect the arrest,” and that Clapp then accelerated and began dragging the officer. McCain “repeatedly ordered Mr. Clapp to stop the car,” she wrote.

“At this point, Officer McCain was reasonably in fear that he would be continually dragged by the car or run over by the car,” Coffin wrote. “Officer McCain was justified in shooting Mr. Clapp to save his own life.”

Under an agreement with the police union, the department does not release the first names of officers involved in shootings.

McCain, a 16-year veteran of the department, was not injured in the incident. A passenger in Clapp’s vehicle was not shot but was taken to the hospital with chest pains after the shooting, according to police.

The officer has been returned to regular duty, a police spokesman, Cpl. Shawn Vinson, said.

Prosecutors released other footage Monday that included scenes from inside the store.

Clapp’s brother said his family still has questions about the case. He said the family had seen some of the surveillance footage, but not all of it.

“The history of this country has shown us that those in power can make determinations and it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the whole truth,” Justin Clapp said.

Christopher Clapp grew up in North Carolina and moved to the Baltimore area this past fall, his brother has said. He previously had lived in the area to attend Towson University.

The case has led County Executive Kevin Kamenetz to call for a review of the body camera policy for officers who work second jobs. The department currently doesn’t require officers who moonlight as security guards in their county uniforms to use body cameras.

County police began to phase in body cameras last year, and McCain had not yet been given a camera, according to the department. All uniformed patrol officers are scheduled to have the cameras by Oct. 1.

Shellenberger said that the surveillance video in this case corroborated statements made to investigators by the officer and witnesses, who included a truck driver, a cashier and a customer.

Police records show Christopher Clapp had another encounter with county police a few days before he was killed. On July 29, a patrol officer said he saw a man being chased by an employee of Nikki’s Liquors in the 7500 block of Belair Road. The man tried to get into a vehicle driven by Clapp, and then got out of the vehicle and placed four liquor bottles on the ground. The man was arrested at the scene and charged.

An officer wrote that he asked the driver, later identified as Clapp, to turn off the vehicle.

“He complied then restarted the car and sped off the lot almost causing a collision,” the officer wrote.

Police were planning to charge Clapp with “aiding in the theft and committing several traffic violations,” according to the police report.

McCain has been involved in one previous shooting. In 2006, he was one of two officers who shot at a carjacking suspect who police say drove toward officers. The man survived and the shooting was ruled justified.

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Officer Dragged by Suspect Vehicle, Shoots Kills Suspect

Baltimore County Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding a police-involved shooting early this morning at the Giant grocery store in Catonsville.

Just before 4 a.m. police responded to the 6000 block of Baltimore National Pike after an off-duty, uniformed Baltimore County Police Officer, working secondary employment at Giant, shot and killed a fleeing suspect as the officer was being dragged by the suspect vehicle over 100 feet across the parking lot.

The suspect previously entered the Giant store with canvas grocery bags and filled them with merchandise, including household items such as laundry detergent. The officer watched the suspect walk past all working registers with the bags of merchandise, making no attempt to pay for the items before exiting the store. The officer quickly confirmed with an employee that the suspect had not paid for the items he’d taken, then followed the suspect outside of the store where he saw him get into the driver’s seat of a Lincoln vehicle with a North Carolina registration plate waiting on the parking lot.

The officer approached the driver side window and verbally engaged the suspect, who responded by putting the car’s gear into drive. The officer reached into the vehicle, ordering the suspect to stop the vehicle multiple times, but the suspect rapidly accelerated, squealing the vehicle’s tires on the pavement and speeding away, dragging the officer with the vehicle. Witnesses heard the officer telling the driver to stop multiple times.  The officer drew his service weapon and fired shots into the vehicle at the suspect, killing the suspect and stopping the vehicle.  The deceased suspect’s identity is not being released until notification of next of kin.

An adult male who was in the front seat of the suspect’s Lincoln at the time of the incident was unharmed, but taken to an area hospital for treatment of chest pains following the incident. He has given police an account of the events that is consistent with the accounts of other independent witnesses at the scene and surveillance video obtained from the Giant store.  The Giant grocery store video will be made available at a later time.

Police determined that the Lincoln was not currently registered but was displaying a North Carolina tag registered to a Subaru. Police are still investigating to determine how the suspect came into possession of the Lincoln, which is not currently reported stolen.

While the officer was wearing his Baltimore County Police issued uniform, he was not equipped with a body-worn camera. The body-worn camera policy does not require it be worn with the uniform if an officer is working in a secondary employment capacity.

Per the agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #4, the officer involved in the shooting will not be identified at this time. The Homicide Unit investigates all police-involved shootings. Once the investigation is complete, the incident will be reviewed by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. The Baltimore County Firearms Discharge Review Board also examines every shot fired by police for compliance with agency policy. As standard procedure, the officer will be placed on administrative status during this process.

Seven Officers to Be Promoted

On August 2, seven Baltimore County police officers will be promoted. The 1 p.m. ceremony will take place at George Washington Carver Center for the Arts and Technology, 938 York Road, Towson 21204. Congratulations to all for their hard work!!

Chief Terrence B. Sheridan and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz will speak at the ceremony and present the certificates. The oath of office will be administered by Julie Ensor, Clerk of the Court, and Reverend Herbert Watson Jr. will offer the invocation and benediction.

The following is the list of the promoted officers and their new assignments:

  • Sergeant Brian A. Edwards is promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and is assigned to Precinct 12/Dundalk.
  • Corporal Dennis H. Kohajda is promoted to the rank of Sergeant and is assigned to Precinct 11/Essex.
  • Corporal Marianne L. Snyder is promoted to the rank of Sergeant and is assigned to Precinct 9/White Marsh.
  • Corporal David J. Sweren is promoted to the rank of Sergeant and is assigned to Precinct 12/Dundalk.
  • Officer Jeremy W. Fumia is promoted to the rank of Corporal and is assigned to Precinct 12/Dundalk.
  • Officer Stuart H. Grantham is promoted to the rank of Corporal and is assigned to Precinct 9/White Marsh.
  • Officer Ernest J. Hannig is promoted to the rank of Corporal and is assigned to Precinct 3/Franklin.