UPDATE (October 1, 2019 1:00 p.m.)
Baltimore County Police release additional information on the officer-involved shooting of a suspect, Jamaal Ramone Taylor, who stabbed several people and injured another at the Hunt Valley Towne Centre on Saturday afternoon.
Police have determined that Taylor was initially on the Centre property earlier in the day and then left the area. He then returned about an hour later and began to assault several victims at the Hunt Valley Wine, Liquor and Beer store, Noodles and Company, and Peet’s Coffee and Tea. Afterwards, Taylor fled toward the Light Rail on Shawan Road where arriving officers first encountered him. Police observed that Taylor was holding a knife. Officers attempted to communicate with Taylor and de-escalate the situation, while directing traffic away from the immediate area. The suspect continued to walk in the direction of occupied vehicles, approaching McCormick Road. Two Baltimore County Police officers were forced to discharge their weapons as the suspect continued to walk towards the occupied vehicles.
Police at the scene called for Baltimore County Fire Department personnel while administering aid to the suspect. Taylor was later pronounced deceased at the scene. The involved officers have been identified as Officer Wise, a 4-year veteran assigned to the Cockeysville Precinct (Precinct 7) and Officer Brocato, a 13-year veteran assigned to the Community Resources and Wellness Section. Both officers have been placed on routine administrative leave. Officer Wise has no prior police-involved shootings. Officer Brocato has one prior police-involved shooting.
Baltimore County Police Homicide Unit detectives are continuing to search for witnesses. Anyone who did witness any portion of the events is asked to contact detectives at 410-307-2020.
The Baltimore County Police Department recognizes that this was a traumatic event for both the injured victims and witnesses to this incident. Anyone experiencing an emotional response to these events can contact the Baltimore County Mobile Crisis Team directly at 410-887-7820 or call the crisis hotline at 410-931-2214. If you need an immediate response simply dial 9-1-1.
To listen to the 9-1-1 calls related to this incident, go to our YouTube page here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tm8V-16p6A&feature=youtu.be
Statement From Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa R. Hyatt –
September 30, 2019
On Saturday afternoon, on a mild Fall day at the busy Hunt Valley Towne Centre, a man, armed with a knife, began randomly attacking shoppers. Fortunately, there was a quick response from members of the Baltimore County Police Department who were able to quickly stop the threat. Further, members of the Baltimore County Fire Department rapidly rendered aid to victims. I hope for a speedy recovery for the victims of this brazen attack.
Our officers used the force that they believed necessary, under the circumstances, to protect the citizens of Baltimore County. Any loss of life is unfortunate and tragic, and we recognize the trauma associated with this situation.
While we continue to review the circumstances that led to this situation, I want to again express my gratitude to the men and women of this Department who acted swiftly and courageously to bring a quick resolution to this unpredictable incident. We are appreciative of our local, state, and federal partners for their outreach and assistance during and following this incident.
UPDATE (September 29, 2019 9:33 a.m.):
The suspect in yesterday's incident at Hunt Valley Towne Centre is identified as Jamaal Ramone Taylor (31) of the 6000 block of Amberwood Road, 21206.
Detectives are continuing the investigation into the series if incidents, including obtaining additional surveillance video in an effort to piece together a timeline of Taylor's actions at the shopping center yesterday afternoon. Baltimore County Police Homicide detectives are also asking anyone who witnessed any of the incidents yesterday, including drivers or pedestrians who witnessed the officer-involved shooting, to contact police at 410-307-2020.
Original Release (September 28, 2019 9:33 p.m.):
An incident involving multiple stabbings at Hunt Valley Towne Centre ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting this afternoon.
Officers were initially dispatched to a disturbance at Hunt Valley Wine, Liquor, and Beer at 1:43 p.m. The 9-1-1 caller indicated that the suspect was threatening people with a box cutter, later determined to be a folding-style knife.
While police were enroute, additional calls were received indicating that three victims were injured during an altercation with the suspect inside the liquor store before he fled on foot. Two additional stabbing incidents occurred at neighboring businesses.
Police continued to gather information that the suspect fled the shopping center toward Shawan Road. Arriving officers encountered the suspect, brandishing a knife, in the intersection of Shawan Road and McCormick Road. Officers gave repeated commands to the suspect to drop the knife but he refused to comply with police directives and they were forced to discharge their weapons during the encounter. The suspect, who has not yet been positively identified, suffered a critical injury during the encounter and was pronounced deceased at the scene by responding medics.
All five victims suffered non-life-threatening wounds and were transported to area hospitals for treatment. At least one victim was immediately treated at the scene by an off-duty Baltimore County Fire Department EMS captain that was at the shopping center at the time of the incident.
Hunt Valley Towne Centre security officers were on site during the incident, initially responded to the liquor store before police were called for a suspicious person. They escorted the suspect off the property but the suspect returned, at which time they called Baltimore County Police for assistance. The security team is continuing to assist police in the ongoing investigation.
The Baltimore County Police are also coordinating investigative efforts into a separate incident with Maryland Transit Administration Police earlier today involving the same suspect.
The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on routine administrative leave pending the conclusion of an internal investigation into the shooting and will be named at a later time. The identity of the suspect will be released following a positive identification through the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.