A Catonsville shooting left a police officer gunned down this week after a shootout with several suspects near Baltimore. Officer Jason Schneider, age 36, was killed while in the line of duty after taking down one of the suspects, Web Pro News reports this Wednesday, Aug. 28. One of the suspects was also injured and is currently in critical condition.
The Catonsville shooting occurred earlier this week, and was discussed with the public during a press conference held in Baltimore this Wednesday morning. Police officer Jason Schneider was shot and killed by a suspect while serving a warrant. He served as a 13-year veteran of the force and is succeeded by his wife and two children.
Baltimore Police Chief Jim Johnson offered insight into the circumstances surrounding the Catonsville shooting. The fatal incident took place at the 1200 block of Winters Lane after police officers and a tactical task force entered a local building under a search warrant. The law officers were aiming to apprehend a suspect that was wanted for a deadly shooting from the week prior. Upon entry, residents inside the building suddenly fled.
While the police officers were entering another room, several suspects appeared with guns and opened fire. Officer Schneider opened fire in response, taking down one of the shooters, but was hit himself by several bullets in the process.
After being rushed to the University of Maryland Medical Center, Shock Trauma Center medical officials reported that they did their best to save the life of Officer Schneider, but he fell to numerous gunshot wounds. One of the shooting suspects is still injured and in critical condition while under "attentive" health watch.
“On behalf of the entire shock trauma center of the University of Maryland, our most deepest heartfelt sympathies to the officer’s family and the entire Baltimore County Police Department. They are our partners, and we deeply feel their loss,” said doctors.
An executive official added on the tragic Catonsville shooting:
“…We don’t always appreciate what our police do for us every day, but it’s times like this when we know how grateful we are for their bravery and for their sacrifice,” added an executive for Baltimore County. “I ask all county residents to keep Officer Schneider’s family in their prayers.”
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