Two Police Officers Shot While Attempting to Arrest Murder Suspect


Two Maryland police officers were shot Tuesday morning as they pursued a homicide suspect in Baltimore County.

The officers and suspect were transported to a hospital, where the suspect was later pronounced dead, WMAR-TV reported.

The Baltimore County Police Department said both officers were recovering from non-life-threatening injuries at Maryland Shock Trauma in Baltimore.

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The officers were attempting to arrest a Baltimore homicide suspect when they were shot, according to WMAR.

As they approached, the suspect reportedly opened fire on them.

According to the Baltimore County Police Department, the incident happened at Security Square Mall in Woodlawn, just west of Baltimore City.

The department said the officers are part of the Warrant Apprehension Task Force.

The officers work with the U.S. Marshals regional task force, a combined effort of federal, state and local police officers “to locate and apprehend the most dangerous fugitives and assist in high profile investigations.”

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The department tweeted late Tuesday morning that the investigation was still “active and open.”

“Baltimore County Homicide detectives remain outside the Security Square Mall investigating,” the department tweeted.

The owner of Saadia’s House of Oils in the mall expressed frustration about the back door of his store being blocked off by crime scene tape.

“It’s an inconvenience, a big inconvenience,” Amin Portee told The Baltimore Sun.

A few mall workers had arrived around 10 a.m. to see if they could get to work.

Mall patrons also arrived, and it was not clear if they would be able to shop Tuesday morning.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
Tucson, Arizona
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Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, University of Oregon
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