IID Report On Officer Involved Shooting In White Marsh: Detectives Not Directly Threatened By Fleeing SUV
BALTIMORE COUNTY - The Maryland Office of the Attorney General's Independent Investigations Division (IID) has released its report on the fatal officer-involved shooting in White Marsh earlier this year.
The report's key finding: Baltimore County Detectives were not directly in the path of a fleeing SUV when Detective Jonathan Trenary fatally shot the driver.
Brian Roger McCourry Jr., 37, from Essex, passed away on March 3, weeks after the January 31 incident at a gas station in White Marsh. According to the report, McCourry, a wanted criminal, was unarmed at the time of the incident.
The IID handles investigations of fatal police incidents, leaving the decision of charging officers to local prosecutors - Baltimore County State's Attorney Scott Shellenberger announced in July that his office does not plan to press charges against Trenary.
According to the report, a team of five detectives and a sergeant had pursued McCourry and an unnamed Dundalk woman, linked to two separate December shootings and other warrants, to a Royal Farms parking lot on the 10700 Block of Pulaski Highway around 6:01 p.m. on the day of the incident.
Detectives had followed McCourry and the woman from a White Marsh motel to the Royal Farms, where they used their six unmarked vehicles to block the suspect's Kia Sportage.
The report describes surveillance footage depicting McCourry maneuvering the Kia out of the vehicle block, striking Detective Gregory Depew's vacant sedan in the process.
As McCourry attempted to flee, Detective Trenary fired his weapon a single time into the Kia's driver-side window, fatally wounding McCourry.
The Kia traveled another 150 feet before colliding with a truck. McCourry was taken to an area hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on March 3. No firearms were discovered in the vehicle.
The investigative findings underscored that neither Trenary nor Depew were in direct danger of being struck by the vehicle.
The report highlights two previous incidents involving McCourry. In one, a victim identified McCourry as a shooter, and in another, dubbed a "road rage incident," McCourry allegedly fired at a man and his daughter. Thankfully, neither were harmed.
Detective Trenary, a 16-year veteran of the force, is part of Baltimore County's Criminal Apprehension Support Team, focused on detaining "violent offenders."
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