Baltimore County police officer who shot a suspect last year shoots another man following chase in Rosedale

A Baltimore County officer who fatally shot a shoplifting suspect last year shot another man after a chase in Rosedale on Tuesday morning, police said.

The man who was shot was in the passenger seat of a stolen SUV driven by a woman. He had been suspected of shoplifting from a Walgreens in Parkville at about 5 a.m.

The SUV led police on a 15-minute chase from Harford and Joppa roads to the 7400 block of Pulaski Highway, according to police spokesman Cpl. Shawn Vinson. At one point, the car crashed into the police cruiser pursuing them.

Police identified the officer as Officer First Class McCain of the Parkville district, a 17-year veteran of the department.

The driver of the car, Robyn Slack, 32, of the 4200 block of Kenwood Avenue, has been charged with second-degree assault and two counts of theft, police said Thursday. She is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

The man who was shot, Micah Tucker, 38, of the 2700 block of Chesterfield Avenue, has been charged with two counts of theft and was released, police said.

No attorney was listed in court records for Slack or Tucker, and neither could be reached for comment.

Members of the media were allowed to watch the footage taken by McCain’s body camera during the incident, beginning early in the pursuit. Another police vehicle appears and attempts to block the SUV, but the SUV turns and crashes into McCain’s cruiser. Later, McCain can be heard shouting at the people inside to “Stop the car! Stop the car!” before firing his gun at the car 11 times as it drives off.

It was unclear from the footage whether the driver of the other car had headed toward McCain, as police said, or whether the car was simply attempting to flee the scene.

The Police Department will conduct an investigation and submit the case to the Baltimore County state’s attorney’s office for review and determination on filing of charges.

State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger said the footage will not be made available to the general public because it could prejudice juries. Footage from the previous three police-involved shootings was also withheld from public view, he said.

The shooting marks at least the second time McCain has been involved in shooting a shoplifting suspect; last year, he fatally shot a man who was allegedly attempting to steal detergent from a Giant Food in Catonsville. McCain was also involved in a nonfatal shooting in 2006.

In the incident Tuesday, the vehicle did not hit the officer, Vinson said. After the shooting, it continued down Pulaski Highway just across the city line, where it came to a halt and officers arrested the two occupants.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken to a hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds to the upper body. His condition was not released.

McCain was unhurt in the incident and his police powers have been suspended with pay, police said.

The driver of the SUV was not hurt; she and the man face charges.

In a twist, the lead police cruiser that was struck after the chase had been Officer Amy Caprio’s car, Vinson said. Caprio died after being hit by a vehicle in the line of duty in Parkville in May.

The officer involved in Tuesday’s shooting worked a different shift than Caprio and was not her partner, Vinson said.

The westbound side of Pulaski Highway was closed near the scene, backing up traffic for miles in eastern Baltimore County.

Baltimore Sun reporter Christina Tkacik contributed to this article.


UPDATES:

July 5, 4:35 p.m.: This article has been updated to include the names of the two suspects and the charges against them.

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