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Baltimore County officer identified in fatal shooting

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The Baltimore County Police officer who shot and killed a White Marsh man after he attempted to grab another officer's gun was identified publicly by the department Friday.

Police said Officer First Class Harden, a nine-year veteran, assigned to Patrol Division/Essex Precinct, was the officer who shot and killed Arnett Myers, 57, outside his apartment off Pulaski Highway on Wednesday.

Baltimore County does not provide officers' first names per a police union agreement. But online salary records show officer Joseph Harden, as a member of the department since 2004.

The department said Harden has not been involved in any previous police involved shootings.

Officers were initially called to a nearby hotel where a manager complained Myers was riding his motor scooter through the parking lot. They later questioned Myers at his apartment, and attempted to arrest him for an open failure-to-appear warrant for child support noncompliance.

Police said he resisted arrest and reached for one officer's service weapon, attempting to pull the gun out of the holster, causing Harden to shoot him multiple times in the chest.

Harden was placed on routine administrative leave.

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