By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun
10:46 AM EDT, March 27, 2014
Three Baltimore County officers who fatally shot a Parkville man last week who they said charged at them with a knife have been identified by the department.
The officers who shot 21-year-old Ryan Charles Deitrich were identified as Cpl. Walsh, an 11-year veteran; Officer Mims, a 6-year veteran; and Officer Robinson, a two-year veteran. All three are assigned to the Towson Precinct and were placed on administrative status while the incident is reviewed.
Baltimore County does not provide officers' first names per a police union agreement. None of the officers had been involved in any prior incidents, a police spokeswoman said Thursday.
The March 18 shooting occurred after police were called to the 8600 block of Oakleigh Road for a well-being check. Deitrich, who was outside, threatened officers with a knife and charged, police said, causing the officers to shoot him multiple times.
Deitrich had previously threatened an officer with a knife during an incident at a 7-Eleven on Loch Raven Boulevard in Parkville on January 12, court documents said. The department had marked Deitrich's address with a "hazard flag," which alerts officers to subjects who might pose a threat to his own or someone else's safety.
The shooting is the second involving an on-duty Baltimore County officer this year. A Cockeysville man was injured after a police officer shot him after a confrontation.
In 2013 there were seven police-involved shootings in the county, including four fatalities. There were eight in 2012, including four fatalities.
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