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Anne Arundel police cruiser’s windshield shattering is likely unrelated to Cape St. Claire teen shooting animals in the woods, police say

A teen shooting animals in the woods in Cape St. Claire isn’t believed to be responsible for the shattering of a back windshield of a police car, Anne Arundel County police said Tuesday.

Police ordered the Cape St. Claire community, including Cape St. Claire Elementary and Broadneck High School, to shelter in place for a few hours Monday after a woman reported a teenager was walking in the woods with a handgun. Police determined the 18-year-old was carrying a pellet gun. No charges were filed related to the incident.

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Police are still investigating what caused a rear window of a police car to shatter Monday afternoon. A police officer sitting in their car on the perimeter of the Cape St. Claire area heard a pop before his back windshield shattered, said Lt. Jacklyn Davis, a spokesperson for county police.

Police are still investigating what caused a rear window of a police car to shatter Monday afternoon
Police are still investigating what caused a rear window of a police car to shatter Monday afternoon (Anne Arundel County Police Department)

Officers don’t know if the shot was on purpose or accidental, or whether the window was shot at all. The officer in the car didn’t see a suspect. No projectiles have been found in the car. Police are still investigating what caused the glass to shatter but don’t believe the two incidents are related. There is no public safety threat, police said.

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The report of a teen with a gun in the woods Monday morning caused dozens of officers to descend on the area, including Maryland Natural Resources Police and Maryland State Police. Residents were asked to be mindful of first responders as helicopters patrolled the community. Schools lifted the shelter in place orders around 12:30 p.m.

Around 9 a.m. Monday, a woman called police after she was walking in the woods and saw a 14 to 15-year-old white boy with dark hair and a camo jacket with what looked like a handgun in his hand. The woman asked the boy what he was doing and he said “Just shooting small critters,” Davis said. Detectives developed a person of interest and interviewed an 18-year-old Monday evening who said he was shooting a pellet gun in the woods and admitted to speaking with the original complainant.

“We want to thank the community and our school partners for their patience and support while sorting through this chaotic scene. We also want to thank the outside agencies that responded and assisted with searches,” the police department said in a statement.

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