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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.

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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 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!

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