Democratic club names Ofc. Jason Schneider 'officer of the year'

Tactical officer Jason Schneider, who was fatally shot when police entered a Catonsville house in August, has been named police officer of the year by the County Seal Democratic Club of Baltimore County.

The 13-year veteran of the department was killed by Tevon Smith on Aug. 28, police said, while attempting to serve warrants at the house on Roberts Avenue. Schneider and another officer returned fire, killing the 25-year-old Smith, police said.

The officers were attempting to serve a search warrant at the house and an arrest warrant on a teen wanted in a non-fatal shooting in the area a week earlier.

The teen, Rasheed Stanford, was not in the home during the raid. He later turned himself into police and has since been charged with attempted first degree murder. His trial has been scheduled for Dec. 16.

As a result of the raid, police also filed illegal firearms charges against Taquan Barney, 17. Police said he tried to flee and fought with Schneider. His court date is scheduled for Jan. 7.

Schneider, a former Marine, was married and had two children.

His family was scheduled to accept a plaque for the award Saturday at an event in Dundalk.

The Baltimore County Police F.O.P. Lodge 4 is collecting donations for the family. Checks can be made out to the "Schneider Memorial Fund" and mailed to F.O.P. Lodge #4, 9304 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21234.

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