Off-duty county officer involved in dispute resulting in teen’s death

By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun

2:03 PM EDT, June 14, 2012

An off-duty Baltimore County police officer was involved in a dispute with a 17-year-old who later died near the officer’s Randallstown home Wednesday night, police said.

The officer, who police have not identified, was at his home on Susanna Road when he heard a loud bang and saw his front door had been damaged. He then saw three to four people fleeing from his home and he chased after them, police said.

The off-duty officer chased one teen, police said, running between houses and across lawns for several blocks and ended up on Starbrook Road, where the officer heard the teen in the bushes and told him to come out.

The teen, identified as Christopher Brown, of the 3900 of Carthage Road, refused to come out and the off-duty officer reached into the bushes and pulled him out, police said.

“A physical fight ensued, and at some point the suspect fell unconscious,” police said in a statement.

A neighbor called 911 at about 10:30 p.m., and said a police officer was calling for help on her front lawn in the 4000 block of Starbrook Road. Police found the off-duty officer administering CPR to Brown, who was on the ground, unconscious.

He was taken to Northwest Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The state medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

Police said they do not believe, at this point, that the off-duty officer and Brown knew each other. They have not determined if the officer’s home was targeted and have no information on other suspects.

The off-duty officer, a 9-year veteran assigned to the Woodlawn precinct, has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the investigation.

Police initially provided an incorrect street name for the officer’s home, which appeared in an earlier version of this article.

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