.

Police Shoot Driver After Traffic Stop

A routine traffic stop in Catonsville ends with one man shot in the arm.

12:39 p.m. Update: A Baltimore County police officer shot a suspect who attempted to ram the officer's cruiser after a routine traffic stop, according to officials.

At around 11:35 a.m., an officer stopped a white late-model Toyota RAV 4 in an alley behind the 700 block of Frederick Road in Catonsville because the driver was acting suspiciously, according to Capt. John Spiroff, commander of Precinct 1/Wilkens.

The driver of the SUV attempted to ram the police car, and the officer fired his weapon once, striking the victim in the arm, according to Spiroff.

The SUV left the scene, and the officer issued a bulletin for other police to look for the vehicle, Spiroff said.

Within minutes, the vehicle was located in the parking lot of the Catonsville High School athletic field off Bloomsbury Avenue.

The suspect, described by Spiroff as a white male in his 30s, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. He is expected to survive, Spiroff said.

Police have not yet released the identity of the suspect.

Police spokesperson Elise Armacost said that rumors that the shooting was at CHS are incorrect. The school was not on lock-down during the incident, according to Armacost.

12:19 p.m. story: Baltimore County police are on the scene of a police involved shooting that started as a routine traffic stop in Catonsville.

Police pulled over over the driver of a Toyota RAV 4 after officers observed the driver acting suspiciously. During the traffic stop, the driver attempted to drive away. The driver was ultimately shot in the arm, according to Capt. John Spiroff, commander of Precinct 1/Wilkens.

A chase of the vehicle ultimately ended near the athletic fields at Catonsville High School.

Check back with Patch for the latest updates.

Joe September 12, 2012 at 08:13 PM
That alley is an odd place to just sit. If it was a stolen car, was he waiting or working with the auto shop there or is it a chop shop? I am not making accusations but simply asking an investigative question.
CathyOrange September 12, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Sullivan - Your tone was pretty clear, why even question that what you said was condescending? At least have the backbone to back it up or admit you were wrong. Pretty pathetic.
Red Dolphin September 12, 2012 at 08:50 PM
you;re smart in covering youself Joe, you might be "attacked" if you ask any questions no one's questioning the offiicers Integrity........... is what the officer did proper procedure ?(oops I hope "other Tim" doesnt mind me asking a questiuon
M. Sullivan September 12, 2012 at 08:54 PM
Well Cathy, since you decided to jump in, I'll explain. First, there are two versions of the story in the space of 1/2 hour. Second, while one version justifies shooting, the other does not. I am not by any stretch of the imagination, on the criminal's side, but I am also wary of police who use unnecessary force and make up circumstances to justify it. Nothing condescending, just suspicious, given the two stories.
John September 12, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Just remember cops try to do their job and come home to their families just like anyone else. Most of society can judge what happened not thinking about how cops deal with that stuff day in and day out on a daily basis. You go to work and deal with murderers, drug dealers, rapists and child abusers and let me know if your gun wouldn't come out to make it home safe to your family! That sounds a little more convenient...
Matt September 12, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Exactly. For everyone here that wants to "Monday Morning Quarterback" the incident, how about you apply to your local department, graduate from their academy and start working a post. Lets see how much your perspective changes.
Who is this September 12, 2012 at 10:11 PM
What's next the car wasnt even stolen? The police must have planted that stolen car after randomly shooting some innocent citizen. Better yet...they probably shot him days ago...needed the cover up so they stole the vehicle...drove the stolen vehicle to the lot and made up this whole entire ordeal. Not holding the responsible party responsible is what is wrong with this country. Kid brings gun to school blame the school not the 10-15 years of bad parenting. Cop shots driver trying to run him over...must be a cover up. Robber gets shot by business owner after several break ins...owner shouldnt have a gun. You liberal feel good idiots. How many are fleeing into Baltimore City where they condone the actions of criminals and condemn the actions of police? Last I looked the city is losing population....probably because it's over ran by liberal idiots running the place...put in place by liberal voters. The same folks who vote liberal to help these "poor black folks" are the same ones who call 911 as soon as they see a "unknown black male" walking down the street. You cant have it both ways.
Joe September 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Matt, I assume you are a LEO. Thank you if you are. This is the kind of thing you hate to go through right? Any time you discharge your service firearm you go through a hellish review. You also deserve to go home to your family before a perp like this does. You are only guilty of doing your job. I believe this officers training may have saved his life if as reported.
Steve September 12, 2012 at 10:32 PM
LOL The population of the City has been declining for 44 years.
Other Tim September 12, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Absolutely! I just hope M. Sullivan isn't on it.
Other Tim September 12, 2012 at 11:27 PM
What is a "questiuon"? And if you don't think M. Sullivan was questioning the officer's integrity in his first post, read it again. Sometimes the way things are said tell the true story. And, yes, I do mind your asking a question, because your questions usually don't make any sense.
Red Dolphin September 13, 2012 at 01:12 AM
who remembers the case on Kirk Ave when the poice officer shot and killed a man at a "routine traffic stop" when the driver started to "drift foward" I believe the officer claimed,,,,,,,,,,, they do that all the time,they start to drive off because they know their license is suspended or revoked ,,,,,,,,,,,, no justifcation by a trained law officer to shoot and kill,,,,,,,,, ever hear of the term "throw down". that whwn the cops throw down a gun and say that was the gun the person had ( who they shot) who remembers he Juan McGee case ? innocent man shot by the cops at the Freedom Shopping center on Erdman ave (ironinc name for the shopping center huh? oh he didnt die , he was paralyzed from the waist down., trigger happy police-ing
Red Dolphin September 13, 2012 at 01:15 AM
right John so they get away with shooting a man in the back ? they are supposed to be trained to avoid that kind of stuff
Red Dolphin September 13, 2012 at 01:17 AM
who remembers the case on Kirk Ave when the poice officer shot and killed a man at a "routine traffic stop" when the driver started to "drift foward" I believe the officer claimed,,,,,,,,,,, they do that all the time,they start to drive off because they know their license is suspended or revoked ,,,,,,,,,,,, no justifcation by a trained law officer to shoot and kill,,,,,,,,, ever hear of the term "throw down". that whwn the cops throw down a gun and say that was the gun the person had ( who they shot) who remembers he Juan McGee case ? innocent man shot by the cops at the Freedom Shopping center on Erdman ave (ironinc name for the shopping center huh? oh he didnt die , he was paralyzed from the waist down., trigger happy police-ing [posted twice cause they might no apptrove of my conet ( censor ship runs rampant these days
Red Dolphin September 13, 2012 at 01:18 AM
you are right, 100% let;s wait and see if his or her or any ones elses life was in danger. let's see how it gets covered up like so many other times
Red Dolphin September 13, 2012 at 01:19 AM
right on Steve!!
Michael September 13, 2012 at 01:20 AM
The majority of the civilians who live in Baltimore County are not qualified to judge the actions of a police officer acting in the line of duty. Just read the comments of the people on these boards any time an officer uses force of any kind. As a former Baltimore County Police Officer, I would be truly worried if any of them had the power to judge my actions.
Red Dolphin September 13, 2012 at 01:20 AM
gee "other tim" you cant address the issue you have to critique typos ? is that all you have?
Red Dolphin September 13, 2012 at 01:22 AM
you cant address the issue you have to critique typos ? is that all you have?
Red Dolphin September 13, 2012 at 01:28 AM
personal attacks is that your style? how far in school did you go ? or can I ask are you "holier than thou" ? is that logical thinkng Tim, all you can do is attack the persons poor typing?
Real Name September 13, 2012 at 01:28 AM
Red Tuna: So you can name a handful of "bad actions" and that apparently lumps every police action under the "bad" heading. That's impressive. You know once I got a steak...it was meduim when I wanted meduim-well. Every cook is awful right? When these officers leave their house and miss Christmas morning because someone might decide they'll do you harm that day please dont bother to call.
Other Tim September 13, 2012 at 01:32 AM
Amen.
Other Tim September 13, 2012 at 01:43 AM
You Said: "you are right, 100% let;s wait and see if his or her or any ones elses life was in danger. let's see how it gets covered up like so many other times". "right John so they get away with shooting a man in the back ? they are supposed to be trained to avoid that kind of stuff" "who remembers the case on Kirk Ave when the poice officer shot and killed a man at a "routine traffic stop" when the driver started to "drift foward" I believe the officer claimed,,,,,,,,,,, they do that all the time,they start to drive off because they know their license is suspended or revoked ,,,,,,,,,,,, no justifcation by a trained law officer to shoot and kill,,,,,,,,, ever hear of the term "throw down". that whwn the cops throw down a gun and say that was the gun the person had ( who they shot) who remembers he Juan McGee case ? innocent man shot by the cops at the Freedom Shopping center on Erdman ave (ironinc name for the shopping center huh? oh he didnt die , he was paralyzed from the waist down., trigger happy police-ing" (I would use "sic" where necessary, but afraid I might run out of space.) You feel you can attack all police actions (and other people), but anyone dares say anything that you don't like, and you get offended. Sorry, that's not the way it works.
Other Tim September 13, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Michael, you are probably right. In a perfect world, the Civilian Review Board would be made up of a few very select, highly qualified experts. In real life, it would probably be staffed with political cronies.
Red Dolphin September 13, 2012 at 02:04 AM
"the way it works" ? oh do you mean our justice system ? I quoted several cases already,,,,,, allyou waont to do is answer by pointing out "typographical errors im betting on a covier up
Buck Harmon September 13, 2012 at 01:06 PM
This is the norm with shoot first...aim later reporting...lets create an illusion of what supposedly happened in an effort to "get the scoop"..and learn the facts later. Meanwhile, opinions ..like a holes can begin to fester...great service to the community .
Michael September 13, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I will be the first to agree that the justice system is broken, having worked in it. But blanket statements that lump all police officers into the same group is not accurate or fair to the officer involved here. Your point might be better made though if any of the cases you cited had happened in Baltimore County, where you rarely see police misconduct due to the level of training and supervision, and not in Baltimore City, where the issues with the police department have been well documented.
Bruce Goldfarb (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 04:54 PM
What do you mean by "shoot first...aim later reporting," Buck? Is there an issue with my work?
Red Dolphin September 13, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I was wrong to lump them together ( i should know better) you are correct both cases I cited did happen in the city.and I lnw theres a humungous difference between balto co officers and those of the city,I know it first hand BIG TIME ! ( lying city cops! ) no integrity,,,,,,,,,,, like the one that shot the USMC in Mt vernon last year ( convicted right ?) not his first time either,,,,,,,,,, the city cop that was just convicted .( yes convicted) of sellinh heroin on the PLoice station parking lot just a few months ago ( all typos are excusable thank you)
Dave A. September 18, 2012 at 02:30 PM
None of that has anything to do with this story.... Back to the story at hand.. If this guy made an attempt to run over or ram the police officer or his car it indicates a righteous shooting. A one ton car is a weapon, in this case it appears as indicated to be this fellows weapon of choice. If this went down as updated then so be it. Someone mentioned earlier the words "Routine Traffic Stop" and that there is nothing 'Routine" about a traffic stop. That is a play on words or the police "Lingo" if you will for stopping a car with probable cause (suspicious activity). I am sure the tags didn't come back with a "hit" for the stolen until the officer had exited the car and approached the vehicle. Hence this is how the officer feared for his safety as the suspect attempted to flee..... If it all went down that way. We are still in the USA.... Innocent until proven guilty. This applies not only to the suspect AS WELL AS THE OFFICER INVOLVED! WE can all Monday Morning Quarterback this stuff. If you REALLY want to know what happened go to the court hearings for this case! Public safety is always scrutinized. We are damned if we do, damned if we don't! You did not get here quick enbough officer, You handled that suspect a little roughly officer (forget about the fact he resisted).... I could go on and on, but that will be for my book...... Lighten up folks, we do the best we can with what we have. WE are not on every corner!

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »