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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Taneytown man armed with hammer shot and killed by local police Christmas evening

The peace and tranquility of a white Christmas in Carroll County was shattered Tuesday evening as word spread quickly through the community of a deadly shooting in Taneytown involving a police officer.

The news comes at a time when many have grown weary of bad news. Not even the unexpected late snowfall on Christmas Eve could overcome the heavy hearts of many just weeks after the December 14 shooting death of 26 people, most of them children, in an elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

Then on Christmas Eve, much of the local news media reported that a gunman in upstate New York allegedly set fire to his house and ambushed and killed two volunteer firefighters and wounded two more who were responding to the fire.

Bad news involving firefighters, police officers, and emergency medical personnel always travels quickly in Carroll County that has long been understood as being the home of many of Maryland’s first responders.

Late in the evening on Christmas Day, Greg Shipley, a spokesperson for the Maryland State Police confirmed the incident and released additional details that a Taneytown police officer had shot and killed a man who had threatened the lives of several police officers in the otherwise peaceful northwestern Carroll County community.

Police say that Edward L. Becker, Jr., 26, of the unit-block of Commerce Drive, Taneytown, Md, was pronounced dead at the Carroll Hospital Center, as a result of the incident.

According to Shipley, “A Carroll County man armed with a hammer and acting disorderly was fatally wounded by a Taneytown Police Department officer when he failed to surrender and advanced threateningly at the officer.

The state police say that shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Day, “the parents of Becker called 911 and reported he had been drinking and was acting disorderly. Becker’s father reported his son was smashing windows out of his truck with a hammer…”

Three Taneytown police department officers responded to the area of the address on Commerce Street, according the police report. At the scene they “saw Becker walking down the street toward them.

“They exited their vehicles and began shouting commands to Becker to drop the hammer and surrender. Becker continued to approach. The officers, who were all in uniform and marked patrol cars, retreated down the street and positioned themselves behind their police cars. 

“The investigation indicates the officers continued to shout commands to Becker to drop the hammer and surrender. Becker ignored the commands and continued to approach the officers…

After Becker got to within approximately an arm’s length of an officer and raised the hammer, one of the officers fired his service weapon, striking Becker.

Police at the scene administered first aid and called emergency medical personnel to the scene.

“The officer involved is a four and one-half year veteran of the Taneytown Police Department…,” say police. The Taneytown police officer has been placed on routine administrate leave by Taneytown Police Chief William Tyler, “which is procedure in police-involved shootings.” 

Tyler “requested the police-involved shooting be investigated by the Maryland State Police homicide unit and troopers from the Westminster Barrack responded to the scene to conduct the investigation, according to Shipley.

The investigation is continuing. Upon completion, it will be forwarded to the Carroll County State's Attorney's Office for review... Taneytown man armed with hammer shot and killed by local police Christmas evening

By Kevin E. Dayhoff,0,6149880.story

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Taneytown man armed with hammer shot and killed by local police Christmas evening


Friday, December 16, 2011

Overnight shooting and robbery in Taneytown investigated, two suspects still at large

By Kevin Dayhoff

Maryland State Police have three men in custody and are looking for two more suspects in a shooting and robbery which erupted in the early morning hours just outside of Taneytown.

The three suspects are currently detained at the Westminster State Police barrack awaiting criminal charges as police continue to sort out the details of the crime.

The victims have been identified as Alan J. Kent, 26, and Samantha L. Stanley, 19; both of Taneytown. According to a release from the state police, Stanley was not physically hurt.

At around 2:23 a.m., Friday, police and emergency medical personnel were alerted to respond to reports of a shooting and armed robbery in 3900-block of Old Taneytown Road, Taneytown.

Upon arrival, police discovered that Kent had been “struck in the back of the head by what may have been an expandable baton,” and wounded by a gunshot.

The suspects had fled the scene.

According to a state police report, “Kent sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he is being treated for what are believed to be non-life threatening injuries.”

The preliminary findings reported by the state police reveal Stanley was visiting at Kent’s residence when male suspects arrived at the home about 2:00 a.m. and called Kent outside.”

Police report that while one male remained with Kent, three other men came into the house, where a handgun was displayed and pointed at her and information was demanded “about what was in the home.”

Stanley, according to police, “said the man shot Kent’s dog when it came toward the suspect. The dog has been transported to a veterinarian for treatment…

“After removing a suitcase from the house, the victims said all four suspects left in a light colored Ford Explorer.”

An alert by police was broadcast on police scanners for the suspects. Police units from area departments responded to the area to assist with the search, including Carroll County sheriff’s office deputies and officers from the Taneytown Police Department.

Shortly after, “a Taneytown police officer searching the area spotted a light-colored Ford Explorer on Courier Court in Taneytown,” say police.

When the officer stopped the vehicle, “two African American males fled on foot and were not located. The officer took two other males into custody.”

Subsequently, “police observed what appears to be blood on the vehicle and said an expandable baton was visible inside the truck…

“The vehicle was towed to the Westminster Barrack where it will be processed for evidence after a search warrant is obtained.”

Details concerning the apprehension of a third suspect have not been released.

Maryland State Police investigators from the Westminster barrack are continuing the investigation and troopers from the State Apprehension Team, sheriff’s deputies and Taneytown police officers are assisting with the search for the remaining suspects.

The additional suspects are described as two African American males. “One is about 5’7” tall, with black, buzzed-cut hair, who was wearing a black jacket and black pants. The other at-large suspect is described as wearing a dark bandana across his face, a black jacket, and a black hood over his head.”

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Police involved shooting in Carroll County

July 9, 2009


(Taneytown, MD) A Carroll County man is under police guard at a hospital where he is being treated for what is believed to be a non-life threatening gunshot wound he sustained when he attempted to run over a police officer and a woman the officer was trying to protect.

Due to the preliminary stage of the investigation, neither the officer nor the suspect is being identified at this time. The officer is an 11-year veteran of the Taneytown Police Department. Criminal charges are pending against the suspect, who is expected to be charged later today.

Shortly before 10:30 p.m. yesterday, an officer from the Taneytown Police Department was dispatched to the 400-block of Baltimore Street, Taneytown, for a report of a woman who needed assistance. When the police officer checked the area, he drove down Break Iron Road, an access road between a grocery store and a strip shopping center.

The officer saw a woman lying in the roadway. He exited his marked patrol car and asked the screaming woman if she needed help.

Within moments, the police officer saw a 1992 Acura Integra, driven by the suspect, accelerating toward him and the woman. The officer, who was in full uniform, ordered the driver to stop. The driver continued to accelerate toward the officer and the woman.

In fear for his life and the life of the woman, the officer fired his police department issued .40 caliber pistol at the driver. The car slowed and the woman and officer were able to avoid being struck.

The car came to rest a short distance away. The officer approached the driver and saw he had been wounded in the arm. EMS units responded and treated the suspect. He was flown by a Maryland State Police helicopter to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. He is expected to survive. Neither the police officer nor the woman was injured.
A motive for the incident is unknown. Apparently the suspect and the woman were acquaintances.

Upon being notified of the incident, Taneytown Police Chief William Tyler responded to the scene. Chief Tyler requested the incident be investigated by the Maryland State Police. State Police investigators from the Homicide Unit are conducting the investigation, with assistance from criminal investigators from the Westminster Barracks. Maryland State Police crime scene technicians responded to process the scene.

While conducting the investigation, Maryland State Police arrested a man who arrived at the scene and became disorderly. Police also did a check on the female victim in this case and found that she was wanted on warrants from Harford County. She was also taken into custody.

As per procedure, Chief Tyler placed the officer involved in the shooting on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. The Taneytown Police Department has 12 sworn officers, including the chief.

Additional information will be released later including identities and charges against the suspect. The investigation is continuing.


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