Shooting raises alarm for Towson apartment residents


A police officer was injured, a man is dead and a woman is in critical condition after a shooting at a Towson apartment complex Saturday night.Baltimore County police and the Attorney General’s Office are investigating after three officers opened fire, killing the suspect.The police officer was released from the hospital Sunday night. The police chief called the shooting a frightening incident that could have ended much worse, and for residents, it has left them surprised.”Well, I heard a big boom and gunshot, and gunshots. It was definitely inside the building,” resident Sharon Vogel said. It was a scary Saturday night for residents in the apartment building in the 500 block of Virginia Avenue in Towson. “All of a sudden, these radio cars come rolling down every direction of the street. They all came down a whole squad of them. It’s, you know, startingling and terrifying, you know,” a resident who only wanted to share her first name, Bonnie, said. Police said it started with a 911 call for unknown trouble. When they got there, they heard gunshots and ran into the building. Police said the officers knocked on the door of the apartment and a man armed with a handgun answered. The man and the three officers exchanged gunfire. The man was shot and killed, and one officer was hit but is expected to be OK. “This was an incredibly frightening incident. I had the opportunity to watch the body-worn camera footage before coming out here to address all of you, and it was incredibly frightening and I could very easily be coming out here to talk about a very different outcome for our police officers,” Baltimore County Police Chief Mellissa Hyatt said. Inside the apartment, police found a woman suffering from gunshot wounds. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Residents shared their reactions to the shootings. “The hallway up on the 11th floor is full of blood (and) gunshot wounds. Nobody has come to clean up the mess or do anything about it,” Vogel said. “I couldn’t sleep hardly any at night. You wouldn’t be able to sleep if you had all of that, you know,” Bonnie said. Residents are upset by what happened and would like more security in the building. The memory of Saturday night will stay with them for a long time to come. “It was just too traumatic, you know, for me anyway. We hope we don’t have to go through nothing like this happens again,” Bonnie said. They say the body camera footage will be released after it’s reviewed.

A police officer was injured, a man is dead and a woman is in critical condition after a shooting at a Towson apartment complex Saturday night.

Baltimore County police and the Attorney General’s Office are investigating after three officers opened fire, killing the suspect.

The police officer was released from the hospital Sunday night. The police chief called the shooting a frightening incident that could have ended much worse, and for residents, it has left them surprised.

“Well, I heard a big boom and gunshot, and gunshots. It was definitely inside the building,” resident Sharon Vogel said.

It was a scary Saturday night for residents in the apartment building in the 500 block of Virginia Avenue in Towson.

“All of a sudden, these radio cars come rolling down every direction of the street. They all came down a whole squad of them. It’s, you know, startingling and terrifying, you know,” a resident who only wanted to share her first name, Bonnie, said.

Police said it started with a 911 call for unknown trouble. When they got there, they heard gunshots and ran into the building. Police said the officers knocked on the door of the apartment and a man armed with a handgun answered. The man and the three officers exchanged gunfire. The man was shot and killed, and one officer was hit but is expected to be OK.

“This was an incredibly frightening incident. I had the opportunity to watch the body-worn camera footage before coming out here to address all of you, and it was incredibly frightening and I could very easily be coming out here to talk about a very different outcome for our police officers,” Baltimore County Police Chief Mellissa Hyatt said.

Inside the apartment, police found a woman suffering from gunshot wounds. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Residents shared their reactions to the shootings.

“The hallway up on the 11th floor is full of blood (and) gunshot wounds. Nobody has come to clean up the mess or do anything about it,” Vogel said.

“I couldn’t sleep hardly any at night. You wouldn’t be able to sleep if you had all of that, you know,” Bonnie said.

Residents are upset by what happened and would like more security in the building. The memory of Saturday night will stay with them for a long time to come.

“It was just too traumatic, you know, for me anyway. We hope we don’t have to go through nothing like this happens again,” Bonnie said.

The Attorney General’s Office is investigating because police were involved in the shooting. They say the body camera footage will be released after it’s reviewed.

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