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Man charged with attempted first-degree murder after shooting at Baltimore County Police officer in Overlea

Man charged with attempted first-degree murder after shooting at Baltimore County Police officer in Overlea
Anthony Lance Coley is charged with attempted first and second degree murder. (Courtesy Photo/Baltimore County Police Department)

Baltimore County Police on Friday identified Anthony Lance Coley, 35, of the 4700 block of Mawani Road in Overlea, as the man arrested early Thursday morning after shooting at a police officer in the Overlea area.

Coley is charged with attempted first- and second- degree murder, first-degree assault and numerous firearms-related charges, according to charging documents. He faces life in prison for the charge of attempted first-degree murder. He is held without bail in Baltimore County.

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Police said Thursday that Coley was walking in the middle of the road near the intersection of Springwood and Marglenn roads, carrying a handgun, when a patrol officer saw him around 2:30 a.m. An officer got out of his vehicle and ordered Coley to put his hands up, but Coley ran to Raspe Avenue with the officer following.

According to charging documents, the officer took cover behind a black Jeep after losing sight of Coley, and then heard one gunshot. Another officer responded to the scene and ordered Coley to the ground, the charging documents said. Police did not find Coley to be in possession of a handgun, but a search of the area revealed two loaded handguns. Police later found a shell casing from the fired bullet, charging documents said.

A police officer went to Coley’s listed home address and spoke to a man identified as his father. Coley was charged with and pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in 2001, according to online court records and the charging documents. At the time, he was sentenced to 20 years with 10 years suspended and five years of supervised probation, court records show,

Coley does not have an attorney listed in online court records.

This story may be updated.

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