Howard County police officer indicted on 2nd degree assault charge

ELLICOTT CITY, Md. - A Howard County police officer has been indicted on 2nd degree assault charges.

The indictment came after a March incident that PFC Lawrence Cameron Cook was involved in while off duty.
Cook is now on "no-duty" status with pay, and all his police powers are suspended.

The following is part of the message released from Howard County Police Chief William J. McMahon:

As the prosecution is now pending, I am unable to comment on the details of this case. But I want

Howard County citizens to have confidence that our detectives conducted a thorough criminal
investigation into the allegations. We shared the investigation with the Howard County State's
Attorney, who presented the case to the grand jury, resulting in the indictment.

The police department's internal affairs division also is conducting a separate investigation into the matter.

We are an agency that has high expectations for our employees, both on-duty and off-duty. We
are also an agency that believes strongly in transparency. While this is a difficult situation, it is
important that we share this information with the community we serve.

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