Cockeysville Man Accused Of Shooting Two Officers Indicted On Five Counts Of Attempted First-Degree Murder


David Emory Linthicum (Credit: Baltimore County Police Department)

BALTIMORE COUNTY - David Emory Linthicum, the Cockeysville man accused of shooting two officers during a dayslong manhunt in February, has been charged with trying to kill four Baltimore County officers, according to an indictment.

On Monday, a grand jury charged the 24-year-old with five counts of attempted first-degree murder, two more than he was initially charged with in District Court. He also faces seven counts of assault, including against his father, firearm violations, and armed carjacking charges.

According to police, Linthicum shot Baltimore County Officer Barry Jordan after police responded to a wellness call at his home. Around 3:00 p.m. on Feb. 8, Linthicum’s father called the police to report that his son was suicidal. When Jordan and two other officers arrived at the house, Linthicum allegedly opened fire, hitting Jordan.

The Baltimore Sun reports that two of the attempted first-degree murder charges are in relation to the officers accompanying Jordan, although he was the only one struck by gunfire.

Linthicum fled his Cockesville residence after the shooting, leading police on a nearly two-day chase.

According to charging documents, around 9:30 p.m. the day after the first shooting, Baltimore County Police Detective David Chih encountered Linthicum in the area of Warren Road, between Bosley and Poplar Hill roads.

Charging documents describe footage from Chih’s body-worn camera, showing Linthicum firing numerous rounds and the detective returning fire as he retreated. Linthicum faces two counts of attempted murder in relation to the shooting of Chih.

After an eight-hour standoff, Linthicum was arrested in a wooded area of Fallston in Harford County.

Officer Jordan was released from the hospital on the same day as the shooting. Detective Chih, shot several times in the chest, was taken to shock trauma and placed on life support. Doctors released him from the hospital 10 days later with a “significant amount of reconstruction” ahead.

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