Police Officer Killed in Catonsville Shootout; Second Man Dies From Injuries

Police: Bullet was able to penetrate despite protective vest.

Officer Jason Schneider, 36, was fatally shot in Catonsville Wednesday morning.
Officer Jason Schneider, 36, was fatally shot in Catonsville Wednesday morning.
By Esther French and Bryan Sears

A Baltimore County police officer was fatally injured Wednesday morning in an exchange of gunfire while serving a warrant in a Catonsville home in connection with a nearby shooting earlier in the month.

Officer Jason Schneider, 36, was transported to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he died from his injuries, police said.

The man suspected of shooting Schneider was also injured and transported to the shock trauma center, where he died Wednesday afternoon.

Police identified the man as Tevon Smith, 25.

Schneider was a 13-year veteran of the force, assigned to the tactical division since 2004, according to police.

Members of Schneider's family, including his wife, as well as members of his tactical unit, laid a wreath in Towson Wednesday afternoon at the Baltimore County Police Department's fallen officers memorial. More than 300 people attended the short ceremony, and Schneider's wife briefly spoke to thank them for their support.

The morning shootout occurred in a small space, approximately 12 feet by 12 feet, at a home on Roberts Avenue, Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said. When police entered, a number of individuals in the room scattered. 

Police said Schneider was shot several times, but he was able to return fire and hit a suspect. Schneider's bullet-proof vest stopped several rounds, but one appeared to have traveled underneath his vest, striking him in the back, police said in a statement Wednesday night.

Several people in the house were taken into custody but have not yet been charged, Johnson said.

County sources familiar with the investigation say that Smith was not the Aug. 19 suspect in a shooting that took place on nearby Winters Lane. That person, a 16-year-old male, was not in the house, sources say. Whether Smith was somehow associated with the Aug. 19 shooting is under investigation.

"We're still piecing this together in terms of what happened," Johnson said. "There will be a comprehensive investigation."

Johnson said the following in a statement: "Jason was extraordinarily experienced. He was a leader within the unit. This is a terrible loss for Baltimore County. His noble work is greatly appreciated, and his bravery and role in the great human experience brought us here today. Low crime rates mean nothing today...all that matters is that we lost a police officer."

Gov. Martin O'Malley ordered state flags to fly at half-staff to honor Schneider.

On Aug. 17, two men were injured in a shooting on Edmondson Avenue in Catonsville. On Aug. 21, a 16-year-old boy was shot in the arm in Woodlawn.
Terri Stafford August 29, 2013 at 08:21 PM
I am so upset about what happened . A good man lost his life to help our community. I'm turning into a "hater".
JenB August 29, 2013 at 08:43 PM
@CN - My husband has served 100s of search warrants and as I read him your post, he laughs at your ignorance and stupidity. Police use what's called the element of surprise to protect not only themselves, but also the suspects, and to eliminate the disposal/destruction of evidence that brought the police to that residence in the first place. So, when you wait for the sun to rise, secure the residence (in which now the police are in plain view), and then knock on the door as you suggest, what do you do when the suspects (violent criminals, in this case) don't answer the door OR perhaps the suspect(s) fire rounds at the police OR now they begin arming themselves. Hmmmm....now you got problems and the gig is up! Maybe you could offer yourself up at the next search warrant as the bunker and first you could knock on the door and ask the suspects to pretty please come out with their hands up and then when they don't you can be the lucky one to enter first. If you don't know what you're talking about, and in this case you don't, your much better off keeping your mouth shut and just be thankful that there are people who are willing to risk their lives to keep communities safe. @ Sanchez - Good idea....nab the thugs in the street so a street fight can break out and risk a gun fight, putting innocent people at risk. @HR- Police were searching for 16-year-old violent criminal who was involved in shootings as well as robberies. He wasn't there when they hit the house unfortunately. The officer was shot first and he then shot back, not the other way around. Please know the facts before you begin to speak. Again, like I told CN, be thankful the police are willing to risk their lives so communities can stay safe.
MG42 August 29, 2013 at 09:05 PM
JenB, by assuming that a man defending his from midnight marauders is automatically a violent criminal proves that you and your police officer husband suffer from, using your own words, ignorance and stupidity.
CN August 30, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Jen, I'm actually pretty well informed on the military tactics used by America's police forces today. Their abuse of overwhelming and deadly force is criminal. Obviously you and your husband are too far involved in it to see this. And no, I'm not thankful for the militarized police that violate people's civil rights with unjustified invasions of private property. When someone kicks in your door tonight, how will you react?
Ed August 30, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Pufinstuf, given what the neighbors have been saying about the comings and goings in that house, I think its safe to say the occupants were only thinking about trying to get out of dodge and to hell with whoever got in their way.
Roger August 30, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Hey Marcus pig Latin. Your NRA brain supports more guns in all house and more cops shot. Plain fact and the NRA rails against our chiefs of police wanting to better regulate weapons of mass assault for the public safety. Not some Obama conspiracy to put those hateful voices in your brain and force them out of your mouth. Shame on you and support our public safety employees.
MG42 August 30, 2013 at 08:10 AM
Roger, how many legally acquired guns are used in crimes? Very few, which means we don't need more gun laws. Even the rifle used in sandy hook was stolen from its owner by her insane son.
Roger August 30, 2013 at 09:17 AM
You are part of the problem
MG42 August 30, 2013 at 09:38 AM
How am I part of e problem? It's rude to make a statement like that and not back it up. Be a man for once in your life and explain your reasoning. The freedoms we enjoy in this nation grew out of the barrel of a gun. I guess you also think that pesky Constitution is part of the problem, with that pesky second amendment that our forefathers though was second only to free speech in its importance.
Roger August 30, 2013 at 10:32 AM
If you're not part of the solution you are part of the problem. Just because you're loud doesn't make you right. Or logical. Are you saying you don't support the chiefs of police? You and the others are a disgrace spewing your insanity to this dead officer's family on this story.
Chuck Burton August 30, 2013 at 10:36 AM
Most politicians begin as lawyers. When a politician-lawyer sees a problem, his/her first reaction is to pass a law to deal with it in some manner. The more laws you have, the more people are likely to ignore and break them, especially those that seem "iffy". The more people break laws, the more police are needed to enforce them and arrest the law-breakers. That's how nations turn into police states. If you want to blame someone, blame the politicians who pass the often unnecessary laws. Of course, they pass those laws to earn the votes of YOU, the PEOPLE!
Iceman 823 August 30, 2013 at 12:58 PM
RIP Officer Schneider! Thank you for your service. My thoughts and prayers to your family sir.
MG42 August 30, 2013 at 01:49 PM
No Roger, I don't support any chief of police who wants to disarm me. That would be stupid. I'm a man and I think for myself rather than mindlessly following orders like you do. Is Obama or O'Malley going to disarm their security guards/secret service people? Of course not, because they know gun control does not work, it only disarms law abiding citizens.
Roger August 30, 2013 at 02:01 PM
Shame on you and the other gun nuts for insulting this officer's family with your politics. Who do you call for help? You make me sick. And happy too knowing you are a self destructive breed. I support the chiefs of police. Rest in peace officer Schneider.
Chuck Burton August 30, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Is a gun nut someone who knows that, no matter how efficient the police may be at solving a crime AFTER it occurs, it will be a matter of sheer good fortune if they are present to PREVENT the crime, and who takes steps to protect him or her self ahead of time? My heart goes out to Officer Schneider's family and friends on their loss. If that 16 year old's victim had been armed, we might not have lost Officer Schneider.
MG42 August 30, 2013 at 03:27 PM
I am insulting this officer's family, Roger? Keep attacking those straw men. All you've done is call names ("gun nut") and make misrepresentations. I feel sorry for you, seriously.
MG42 August 30, 2013 at 05:27 PM
When seconds count, police are minutes away.
bystander August 30, 2013 at 08:06 PM
I see this incident as good vs. evil. This good man lost his life fighting pure evil. Guaranteed every one of the occupants of this house are proven criminals that every law abiding citizen wants off the street. This tradgic incident could have been avoided if we got tougher on these criminals early in their lives. I bet each and every one of them has a lenghty record. Our nation has become to lenient on bad behavior. We (parents, judicial and penal system) have become afraid to punish bad behavior, and instead coddle unruly kids, giving them chance after chance after chance, ultimately ending with failure in correcting their behavior. Bring back the manual labor camps for bad kids and adults alike. If this doesn't make them into productive citizens, put them in a cell to die. Who needs them on Earth. Condolences to the family of this officer. Terrible shame, this is.
James August 30, 2013 at 10:03 PM
So do the rest of these clowns that aren't in jail get to go back to that flophouse? I will pitch in a few k to have it razed if possible.
JenB August 31, 2013 at 12:30 AM
@ CN & Pufnstuf - There are two kinds of people who dislike the police, criminals and assholes. Which category do you fall under? Perhaps both. Anyone who suggests waiting for sunrise, securing a home in broad daylight with potential violent criminals inside, who have illegal firearms, and knocking on the door IS NOT well informed!! It actually borderlines on delusional. Thank goodness you're not in charge because with that ludicrous and quite comical suggestion, you and your squad would be injured or dead. Sorry Pufnstuf, but if you choose to be a criminal and partake in the thug life, you run a fairly high risk of police search warrants, etc., etc. Kind of a no brainer! Why did the individuals in the house that was raided have illegal firearms?? Simple, because they chose the thug life, and they'll use their guns to shoot one of two enemies who would enter the house that way...their rival thug enemies or the police. But, see, if they made better decisions and chose to be law-abiding citizens, they wouldn't have to worry about anyone (or as you mocked, midnight marauders) knocking down their door. See, H.R. it's quite elementary, isn't it?? I'm pretty confident, CN, that no one is going to kick my door in tonight or any other night for that matter because, well...I'm not a criminal!! If anyone has to worry about getting their door kicked in, you then, my friend, are on the wrong side of the law! The no-knock search warrant WAS justified because their target living at that residence was a violent thug involved in shooting someone in the neck. The victim of the shooting is still in the hospital. And CN wants to kindly knock on the shooter's door and with a real authoritative voice demand that he turn himself in or maybe the police and thugs could have a heart to heart. Asinine. He didn't steal a pack of bubble gum at the local corner store. He shot someone. With a gun. In the neck. Perhaps if you or a loved one was the one shot, would you adamantly oppose the police performing a search warrant?? I could be wrong because maybe you wouldn't have a problem with someone putting a bullet in your neck and you wouldn't mind having a long recovery in the hospital, but I'm going to take a wild guess and say you would be in favor of the police serving a no-knock search warrant on your shooter's residence. Where's your outrage for the shooting of the victim? Silence. So sad how you can be that confused and your thinking is bass ackwards. If you ever become a victim, don't call the police...figure it out on your own since you appear to have all the answers/solutions on how to handle not just your run-of-the-mill criminals, but also the violent ones who wouldn't think twice about putting a bullet in your head (and in this case, your neck) if given the chance. Do what you do best and sit behind your safe and secure desk at work and perform your cushy little job duties, and let the police continue to keep our streets and communities safe the best they can. A simple thank you would be nice. I'm moving on now and won't be reading or responding to any further posts from misinformed/ill-informed, I-don't-know-what-the-hell-I'm-talking-about knuckleheads. Ignorance and stupidity at its absolute finest! Unfortunately, you can't rationalize with irrational people, so I'm not even going to bother trying. My condolences to the Schneider family. This upstanding and highly regarded officer will be sorely missed.
Dennis Gilpin August 31, 2013 at 07:26 AM
I want to thank the officers who put their lives on the line to protect us. Even a simple traffic stop can put their lives in danger. Entering a house where there could be dangerous criminals requires careful planning. In the best case they walk out of there with no injuries to anyone. In many cases, the people the police are looking for are rarely without weapons and the element of surprise is absolutely necessary. A dangerous job taken on by dedicated police officers, trying to make our streets safer.
MG42 August 31, 2013 at 07:55 AM
Jenb, have you ever heard of a home invasion? Perhaps you should google it. It's when law abiding citizens are invaded by thugs in the middle of the night. For all we know, that's what the victim above thought this was. Maybe facts will come out that prove otherwise, but for now that's what we know. Maybe the victim thought a drug gang was invading his home to kill his son. But if you'd rather just call me an asshole, I guess I understand. You have no rational argument so you just call people names then take your ball and go home.
MG42 August 31, 2013 at 07:59 AM
Oh, and a cording to your logic Jenb, since I'm not a criminal no one wants to shoot me in the neck. Would your attitude about this change if the neck shot victim was also a violent criminal, which a cording to your statements above is likely the case?
Chuck Burton August 31, 2013 at 10:38 AM
JenB, I am certainly not anti police, as my remarks easily show. They have a definite function in solving crimes and making arrests, as the officers in this case were attempting to do. And, if enough of them are present, as at a concert or athletic event, they MAY help prevent crime, though that doesn't always work. But when they begin to act in violation of the Constitution - as is sometimes happening at present - they become like the Gestapo or the NKVD, and the country becomes a police state, in which the police determine how much freedom citizens have, and law is meaningless. I don't think that is what you want. I certainly don't.
MG42 August 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Well said, Chuck.
Laurie Ballard September 01, 2013 at 06:57 PM
Chuck, I have been reading all the posts here, and am dismayed by your obvious misunderstanding of the "no-knock-warrant." What you call "Gestapo" tactics are used ONLY as a last resort, in a KNOWN (documented) criminal stronghold. The police KNOW there are guns inside. They KNOW they will be confronting the most dangerous and ruthless criminals. Otherwise SWAT wouldn't be called in the first place. THEY are the ones called by the POLICE, when THEY need help!! (The under-cover detectives, who KNOW the "players" and KNOW they need help to take them DOWN!) BTW, a no-know-warrant can only be obtained by reaching certain benchmarks, going through a JUDGE, and being signed by that judge. And do you really think this 16yo kid is an "innocent"? So maybe you are one who thinks that because Lee Malvo was only 16, when he was hiding in the trunk of a car, pointing his gun through the hole and indiscriminately picking his victim, any victim, lining up his sights, squeezing the trigger and blowing that poor person's BRAINS OUT was an innocent?? Because he was just 16??? Do you not remember the TERROR those two "D.C. Snipers" struck into EVERYONE who lived within several STATES??? Malvo was hardly an innocent. These "kids", many of them, are influenced by others around them, true. But at 16, they are old enough to make a choice. And if their choice is to take a gun and SHOOT someone, then they deserve whatever consequences they GET. And if that means that a team of good men, . . . men who spend their entire lives working hard, TRAINING together, on-call 24/7, and being willing to drop what EVER they are doing each time they GET THE CALL, to rush out into KNOWN danger - and confront what these men had to confront that night - putting their LIVES on the LINE to serve and protect innocent citizens (like you, and your family!) from thugs that would just as soon KILL you as look at you . . . then I believe YOU, and the rest of us law-abiding citizens, should be GRATEFUL!!!! To think otherwise, is just plain WRONG. Well I (honored to personally know some of these brave men), like Dennis, would like to THANK THEM for putting their LIVES on the LINE to protect us. We all owe them a HUGE debt of gratitude.
Chuck Burton September 01, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Laurie, if you reread what I said, the officers in Catonsville had a warrant, which had to be signed by a judge, of course. And I certainly respect police officers in their task of trying to keep us safe, but unless they are always present they cannot always be successful Actually not even then. And I doubt you would really want an officer following you around 24/7, would you? The best they can do, is solve a high percentage of crimes AFTER they occur, and perhaps prevent a few. They are only human. But the politicians keep loading them down with more and more laws to try to enforce, and this tends to make some of them over-officious and may bring out the jackboots, Geheimestaats polizei style. It was politicians like Hitler, of course, who passed the Nazi laws in Germany. Some of ours are little better in their motivations. As for 16 year old criminals, (or any age) if they do the crime, they should pay the price.
GZM September 02, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Yeah, but you forgot to mention that the majority of home invasions, probably close to 99%, are almost always drug related and not random. The chance of anyone's home being randomly invaded is slim to none. Just a minor detail, no biggie. *smh
MG42 September 02, 2013 at 04:47 PM
There seems to a breakdown in communication here, you can respect and support police officers and be opposed to no-knock warrants/a police state at the same time. Just like one can be opposed to another war that we can't afford, yet still support the troops. To suggest that those opposed to no knock warrants automatically hate police officers is the height of stupidity.
MG42 September 02, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Laurie Ballard- Lee Malvo is a good example of a dangerous person who was apprehended without the use of a no-knock warrant.


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