Baltimore County police on Wednesday identified a man fatally shot by officers and a second person who was charged following a burglary in the Woodlawn area.
Police identified Allen Harvey Jr., 23, of Fairfax Road in Baltimore as the man who was killed Tuesday. They said he was attempting to flee after a burglary on Dogwood Road. As he got into a green minivan, an officer tried to stop him by reaching into the open driver's-side window. Police said Harvey drove forward, hitting a parked car and dragging the officer with the van. The officer and two more who responded as backup opened fire.
Harvey was pronounced dead at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. His uncle, Leon Harvey, 54, attempted to run from the scene, police said, but K9 officers later caught up with him on a nearby street. He was not injured.
Leon Harvey faces burglary and other charges and is being held at the Baltimore County Detention Center on $200,000 bail.
Another suspect, who climbed into the passenger seat of the van, was shot and remains at Shock Trauma. Police have not identified him but said he would be charged upon his release from the hospital.
The names of the officers involved in this incident have not been released. They were placed on administrative duty. The officer who was dragged suffered minor injuries.
Police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said detectives believe the men have been involved in other burglaries.
"They found property in the van that they do not believe came from the home that was burglarized yesterday," she wrote in an email.
Police recovered stolen property from the street that is believed to be from the home. "We do not know if these suspects had any special reason for choosing the house on Dogwood Road," she said.
Jeff Cook, 51, who lives at the house, said it had been broken into before, but nothing was taken. In the latest burglary, he said, his roommate downstairs heard the suspects kick in the back door. He said they took mostly electronics, including cell phones, and his laptop computer.
"Police said maybe they picked this house because of the location," he said, pointing to the big hill behind his kitchen window, which might allow burglars to hide easily.
He said he didn't recognize the suspects' names.
Allen Harvey's sister, Shakera, said the family only learned of her brother's death after a friend of the family recognized the minivan from news reports of the shooting.
"We just know he's gone, he's dead," Harvey said.
According to online court records, Harvey was charged with attempted burglary in 2009, but the charges were dropped. He's also been charged with assault, reckless endangerment and malicious destruction of property in several incidents, but those charges were also dropped, or in one case, moved to juvenile court.
Leon Harvey has a lengthy criminal record that includes drug-possession and firearm-related charges, and assault. He was charged with first-degree burglary and related charges in 2004 but they were dropped.
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