Howard County police shot and injured a man they said robbed a CVS and was later arrested after a chase through an Ellicott City neighborhood early Friday.
Police said Jarkell Champion, 20, and Titus Kittrell, 18, both of Washington, are suspected of stealing Oxycontin, Percocet and cash around 3 a.m. from a CVS store in the 6400 block of Old Waterloo Road in Elkridge.
Officers located their vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop, but the driver of the car attempted to drive off, police said. The car struck a curb, and the two suspects, the only occupants, jumped out, police said.
Police say an officer saw Champion “display a weapon toward police,” prompting the officer to shoot Champion in the leg. Champion then ran through a nearby neighborhood was arrested about half an hour later. He was taken to an area hospital and has since been released.
Police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said no weapon had been recovered Friday morning. When asked if the suspects showed a gun during the robbery, she police are “still investigating the details of the robbery.”
Kittrell also attempted to flee but was arrested, police said.
Snowden River Parkway at Route 100 in Ellicott City remained close Friday morning while police investigated.
Champion and Kittrell are both expected to go through the booking process at the Howard County Detention Center today.
Late afternoon police identified the officer involved in the incident as Private First Class Russell DiAngelo, an 8-year veteran of the force. He was placed on standard administrative leave, officials said.
The last police-involved shooting in Howard County was February of last year. Pfc. Amy Frasier, a 10-year veteran of the force, was called to Clarksville neighborhood where a suspicious vehicle was parked in a driveway on Feb. 24, 2017. When she went to investigate, Frasier saw the man jump into the vehicle and drive at the officer, who fired one shot, striking the driver, police said.
The driver, Tremayne Middleton Dorsey, 39, was treated and later charged with assault, resisting arrest and other offenses. His trial is scheduled for June 25. His public defender did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.