Reporting Monique Griego
ODENTON, Md. (WJZ) – New questions about that police-involved shooting investigators say was an accident. WJZ has learned more than one shot was fired.
Monique Griego reports police labeled this an accidental discharge, but there’s more to the story. WJZ found at least five bullet holes.
Only WJZ takes you inside the scene of a friendly fire police-involved shooting. It left one elderly woman’s home a disaster.
“I cannot believe it. I can’t believe it,” she said.
It all started Monday afternoon when police busted her caretaker outside her home, carrying 27 pounds of marijuana. Then, when officers broke in to search the residence, police say one officer shot the other.
“It appears there was an accidental weapon discharge by a Baltimore County officer on the task force, who struck a Baltimore City officer on the task force in his arm,” said Justin Mulcahy, Anne Arundel County Police.
Neighbors say it sounded worse, describing a chaotic scene.
“They rushed into the house, broke the door in and that’s when I heard the gunfire,” said neighbor Chuck McMillan.
Based on the blood stains in the carpet, the officer was shot as he was entering the basement. WJZ counted at least five bullet holes in the sheet rock. The bullets went across the living room through the back sliding glass door.
Police analyzed the scene for hours, apparently trying to determine why so many shots were fired.
“It’s very early on and we’re trying to get to the bottom of those details,” said Mulcahy.
The homeowner says she had no idea her caretaker, 38-year-old Vernon Jackson, had drugs. She’s also upset after claiming police told her she had to pay for the damage.
“This is so crazy,” she said.
At last report, the city police officer is still at Shock Trauma, but he’s expected to make a full recovery.
The county officer who fired his weapon is on routine paid administrative leave.