Baltimore County police officials say at least one person who exchanged gunfire with officers is dead after authorities responded to a robbery at a 7-Eleven in the Woodlawn area early Monday morning.
Just after 2 a.m. officers were sent to the 6700 block of Windsor Mill Road for an armed robbery, authorities said.
Police said Monday morning that a preliminary investigation showed at least one suspect was involved in a hit and run on Dogwood Road and Gwynn Oak Avenue while attempting to evade police.
Following that crash, authorities exchanged gunfire with one of the suspects, police said. The officer suffered injuries to his lower body but was not shot, according to police
The department said that “officers confronted the suspect” near the intersection of Englewood Avenue and Gilmore Road. That’s when the alleged suspect and officers exchanged gunfire.
County police around 8:22 a.m. tweeted that one suspect involved in the incident had been “located deceased.” It’s unclear how many people were involved in the incident or how and where the person was killed.
Police said K-9 units “later located one of the suspects deceased.”
Police said during a news briefing that it’s unclear how many people may have been involved.
Police spokeswoman Joy Stewart said there is not a current threat to the community.
“This remains an active and ongoing investigation and we would ask anyone in the community who sees something suspicious to please call us,” Stewart said.
Police say they found a weapon believed to be tied to the incident.
He has been placed on administrative leave.
The Office of the Attorney General will take over the investigation, police said, and Maryland State Police will assist. The attorney general’s office is reviewing the death under a state law that went into effect Oct. 1, passed earlier this year as part of a large legislative package of police reforms.
“We are prepared,” said Raquel Combs, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s office.
“We were given this responsibility by the legislature and we will perform that responsibility,” she said.
“Additional details will be provided when they become available,” a police spokesperson said.
Vincent Johnson woke up Monday to the sound of his mother-in-law screaming.
That’s when he realized he heard a series of gunshots outside his home in the 600 block of Kriel Drive. The 59-year-old leapt out of bed and peered outside his window. That’s when he saw police officers. It wasn’t until he got to work that he realized a bullet struck his wife’s car.
Following the shooting Monday, police canvassed the area looking for any damage, asking residents and bystanders if any bullets had hit their cars and homes.
Johnson said he’s lived in the neighborhood for about four years but has grown increasingly concerned for his family’s safety.
”We’re getting ready to leave,” he said.
This story will be updated.