Catonsville shooting: Catonsville, Md. was the scene of a fatal shooting yesterday, as 36-year-old police officer Jason Schneider was gunned down while in the line of duty. The 13-year veteran of the Baltimore police force was killed while serving a warrant, reports the Baltimore Sun on Aug. 28.
At a press conference today, Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson spoke of Schneider and fought back tears on behalf of his colleague.
“This is particularly hard,” Johnson said. “He was a great guy. Can you imagine what he did in 10 years of tactical?” Johnson said.
Officer Schneider was delivering a warrant to a home on Winters Lane in Catonsville, when the suspect, whose name was not released, opened fire on the veteran cop. Schneider returned fire, and the suspect is currently hospitalized.
Schneider becomes the ninth Baltimore County officer to die in the line of duty, leaving behind a wife and two children.
Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz also released the following statement:
“On behalf of the 817,000 residents of Baltimore County, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Tactical Officer Jason Schneider who was shot and killed this morning while doing what our police officers do fearlessly each and every day – protecting our Baltimore County neighborhoods,” Kamenetz said.
“To the men and women of the Baltimore County Police Department, please know that we appreciate your service and know that you are in great pain having lost a brother in arms this morning,” Kamenetz said, calling Schneider “One of Baltimore County's quiet heroes.”