Update (May 3, 2019 1:56 p.m.):
Baltimore County Police are identifying the officer shot during yesterday’s officer-involved shooting in Parkville as Police Officer First Class T. Hays, a 13 ½ year veteran of the force with one prior police-involved shooting in 2008, currently assigned to Parkville Precinct patrol. Officer Hays remains in stable condition at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma after suffering a gunshot wound to the upper body.
The deceased suspect in this shooting is identified as Robert Uhl Johnson, 76, residing in the 3000 block of Linwood Avenue, 21234, where police were dispatched to a call of a subject with a gun around 1:37 p.m. yesterday.
The Department provided misinformation shortly after the incident occurred, indicating that the suspect fired a weapon at the officers upon entering the home. Further review of body-worn camera footage and additional evidence now reveals that the suspect picked up a firearm, did not follow officers’ commands to put down the weapon, and pointed the gun at the officers, causing the officers to fire upon the suspect.
Officers were dispatched to the suspect’s home in the 3000 block of Linwood Avenue when Suspect Johnson called 9-1-1, methodically providing his personal information to the call-taker before stating that there was an unknown subject waiving a gun at him inside his home. Suspect Johnson hung up on the 9-1-1 call-taker when she attempted to gather additional information. Multiple attempts were made to contact the caller but he did not answer the phone on any call-back.
Officers from the Parkville Precinct approached the suspect’s home and observed him inside, seated in a chair facing the front door. One officer initiated conversation with the suspect, who refused to get up from the chair or exit the home. Suspect Johnson told the officer that he called 9-1-1 and that there was no one else inside the home. Officers further investigated by entering the house and directing Suspect Johnson to keep his hands up in the air. As the officers entered the home, Suspect Johnson lowered his right hand down to his thigh and picked up a handgun, pointing it at the officers as he said, “I’m sorry I have to do this.” Four officers fired their service weapons in response.
During the subsequent investigation by Homicide Unit detectives, it was determined that Suspect Johnson’s gun was not loaded. They also discovered that Suspect Johnson left his will and last requests for burial out for officers to find.
Officer Hays and three other responding officers fired their service weapons at the suspect. Those officers are currently on routine administrative leave and are identified as the following:
Police Officer First Class J. Hummel, an 18 year veteran with no prior police-involved shootings.
Police Officer First Class A. Burns, a 17 ½ year veteran with no prior police-involved shootings.
Police Officer First Class J. Deford, a 10 ½ year veteran with no prior police-involved shootings.
The Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit will complete their investigation and submit the case to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.
Original Release: (5/2/19 10:30 p.m.)
One officer was injured, the suspect killed, when police responded to a call of a subject with a gun in a Parkville home yesterday afternoon.
Detectives are still investigating the details surrounding the shooting in the 3000 block of Linwood Way. The preliminary information indicates that officers responded to a 9-1-1 call for a subject with a gun inside the home. The caller abruptly hung up on the 9-1-1 calltaker. Attempts were made to contact the caller while police were responding but were unsuccessful.
The preliminary information indicates that at least one officer made entry into the home where the suspect was encountered. During the encounter one Baltimore County officer was shot once in the upper body. The suspect also suffered at least one gunshot wound and died at the scene.
Detectives from the Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit responded to the scene and are continuing their investigation into the shooting tonight.
The officer, who has not yet been identified, was transported to R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in serious condition and was immediately taken into surgery. That officer is expected to survive the injury.
The deceased subject inside the home on Linwood Avenue had not yet been identified.
Updated information will be provided as it becomes available.