County police investigating officer-involved shooting
WMAR Staff , Cheryl Conner
5:26 PM, Aug 13, 2013
9:08 AM, Aug 14, 2013
WOODLAWN, Md. (WMAR) - Video shows more than gun smoke. It follows a van crashing into a car and three police officers shooting their guns.
"This is the passenger they had pulled out of the vehicle, and they put him on the ground and handcuffed him," said Michael Jones, a witness who recorded video.
The driver didn't come out as fast. He was transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.
Jones heard the shots and ran, not for cover, but for his cell phone.
"I didn't know which way, if the individuals were shooting in the van or all the police officers or what was happening," said Jones.
Jones told detectives what he saw and heard, including at least 10 gunshots. There are shell markings and a black bag of evidence that takes us back to the beginning.
Baltimore County police got a call for a burglary around 4:30 p.m. The first officer saw two men running from the home in the 5400 block of Dogwood Rd. in Woodlawn. They jumped into the minivan with side and back windows now shot out.
"So he goes up to the van, tries to stop them from getting away, he reaches his hand in, tries to stop the vehicle. That's when the driver of the van grabs him, holds him, and starts to move the vehicle away," said Cpl. John Wachter, Baltimore Co. police spokesman.
The driver hits a neighbor's car and drags the officer, but he doesn't paralyze him.
"That particular officer was still able to draw his service weapon and fire," said Cpl. Wachter.
Two backup officers also shot at the van. The passenger was taken to Sinai Hospital.
A third suspect ran from the scene but K-9 later caught up with him.
"It was kind of scary, it was kind of scary to say the least," said Jones.
The suspects and the police officers have not been identified. The officer who was dragged by the minivan has minor injuries.
Police haven't said if the burglarized home was targeted.
Police say the officers involved will be placed on administrative duty while the incident is reviewed.