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Baltimore County officer injured during traffic stop identified

The Baltimore County police officer injured when a 16-year-old allegedly attempted to flee in a stolen minivan in Towson over the weekend is an 18-year veteran assigned to the Towson Precinct Patrol Division, a department spokeswoman said.

An Officer Worden attempted to pull over a white Dodge Caravan driven by Antonio Rashad Green on Bristol Road, near Stoneleigh Road, early Saturday morning, but the routine traffic stop ended with Worden's firing several rounds after Green attempted to back over him, police said.

Baltimore County does not provide officers' first names, according to a police union agreement, but court records and an online salary database show an Officer Mark Worden.

According to charging documents, Worden was patrolling the area after reports of several stolen minivans and noticed a van with its lights off. When Worden pulled up behind the van, police said, Green backed into Worden's cruiser and drove off onto Stoneleigh Road.

Worden followed the vehicle and was in contact with a dispatcher, who identified the vehicle as stolen. When the van pulled into the driveway of a home on Maxalea Road, Worden pulled behind the van and Green rammed the van into the cruiser again, police said. Worden got out of his cruiser, ordering the driver to get out, when Green attempted to back over Worden, who then fired his service weapon, police said. Green took off along Maxalea, striking another parked car on the road, then fled on foot, according to police.

Additional officers arrived at the scene, including a K9, which found Green hiding in a backyard shed, police said.

Worden was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center, where he was treated and released but was unable to return to work that night.

Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said Worden had not been involved in any previous shootings.

Green, of the 1000 block of Woodson Road in Baltimore, has been charged as an adult with 11 counts, including attempted second-degree murder, assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, vehicle theft and fourth-degree burglary.

jkanderson@baltsun.com

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