Residents along Winters Lane in Catonsville were shocked Wednesday morning to hear that a Baltimore County Police officer had been shot and killed in their neighborhood.

Officer Jason Schneider, 36, was inside a residence in the 1200 block of Winters Lane along with several other members of the police tactical unit, serving a search warrant, when he was shot around 5:30 a.m., according to Balitmore County Police.

Schneider, a 13-year veteran who had been with the unit since 2004, was shot several times, according to police. 

Police said he returned fire. A man at the house, whom police have not identified, was taken to the University of Maryland  Shock Trauma Center, where he is in critical condition, according to police.

Kathy Clark, who lives nearby at the corner of Winters Lane and Roberts Avenue, said she was awakened by loud, unfamiliar sounds this morning.

"When I woke up this morning, it was like 5:30 [a.m.], there was a boom," said Clark, 50. "It sounded like something exploded."

She said she looked outside and  saw Roberts Avenue lined with unfamiliar SUVs and a number of other vehicles.

"The whole street was full of cars," she said. "Like SWAT cars.

"I heard the noise and thought it was going to be a fire," Clark said. "About 10 minutes later, the ambulances came."

Since then, the street had been blocked by police, she said.

At 11 a.m., yellow police tape remained in place along the side of her house and across the intersection to block cars and pedestrians from turning down the side street near Baltimore National Pike, a short distance from the Baltimore Beltway exit.

Clark said she has lived in the Winters Lane community her entire life and has seen it go through many changes throughout that time.

She said incidents such as this morning's are isolated and don't cause her any more concerns than any other resident. "I know it's it's just isolated incidents. It's not the neighborhood," she said. 

"This neighborhood has its waves," she said. "It's targeted. People start selling drugs [because] they have nothing else to do.

"I feel safe," Clark said. 'It's not going to change the way I live."

Emma Pennington is founder and president of the Winters Lane Advisory Board, a community group dedicated to trying to “preserve the historic integrity of the community,” she said.

When she heard the news of Wednesday’s shooting, she was devastated.

“My goodness, my goodness, that is terrible,” Pennington said. “I’m so sorry to hear that.”

She has been living in the community for over 30 years, and she said she walks and jogs through the area on a daily basis. She has never felt any fear while doing so, but Wednesday’s incident had her shaken up.

“I have been a walker for a very long time, and I’ve walked by myself all the time in the evenings in the neighborhood,” Pennington said. “This is bringing me great concern that this would have happened in our neighborhood.