Harford killling suspect arrested

The Baltimore Sun

Harford County sheriff's deputies have arrested one suspect and are seeking others in connection with the shooting death of an unidentified man during a home invasion early Sunday in Edgewood.

Lewis Lee Cochran, 22, of Abingdon was arrested about 1 a.m. Sunday, less than an hour after a woman called 911 to report strange noises at her home in the 1800 block of Grempler Way in Edgewood, said Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Sgt. Christina Presberry.

Cochran was being held at the Harford County Detention Center, Presberry said. He was arrested by deputies on foot patrol as part of the Brookside Drive Initiatives, which is intended to reduce violence in an area known for gang and drug activity.

The identity of the man who was fatally shot was not released yesterday pending positive identification and family notification, Presberry said. The name of the woman who called 911 from a neighbor's house was not released because she is considered a witness to a crime that is under investigation.

Police arrived at the woman's house about midnight and found the victim inside with gunshot wounds to the upper torso, Presberry said. A sheriff's deputy with emergency medical training pronounced the man dead at the scene, she said.

The victim, who did not live in the house, was in another part of the residence than the woman when he was shot, Presberry said. There were other people at the house at the time of the shooting, but Presberry could not say how many were present. The woman was the only person who went to a neighbor's house to call police after hearing noises.

Deputies got a description of a suspect from the woman, Presberry said.

Deputies made the arrest less than a mile from the woman's house after they noticed someone running into another house. Presberry declined to give the address of that house, but she said that deputies made the arrest outside the residence.

Deputies believe the killing was "not random," Presberry said.

Sheriff's deputies were searching yesterday for a 2001 Buick Regal with Maryland license tags 5DMF78, which was reported missing from the house where the shooting took place. Presberry said that deputies suspect at least one other person was involved in the shooting because Cochran was on foot at the time of his arrest.

No weapon has been recovered.


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