More Information Released In Accidental Shooting Of Baltimore Officer

ODENTON, Md. (WJZ) — There’s new information about what went wrong during a drug raid in Anne Arundel County. The operation ended when a police officer was shot and rushed to Shock Trauma.

Mike Schuh explains how it happened.

Police made a huge drug arrest, injured one of their own and left a big mess inside the home of a woman caught unaware of what was happening right on her front porch.

Here, near Ft. Meade, so many neighbors work during the day that a retired woman in one house lets her friends send their packages to her door. That’s just what happened right before the cops showed up Monday.

The homeowner says she didn’t think twice, signed for a package, didn’t look at it and left it on her stoop. Then, 10 minutes later, the police task force showed up with a search warrant.

Outside, a friend of the homeowner, 38-year-old Andre Jackson, was arrested as he collected the package containing 27 pounds of marijuana. He also had $245,000.

Officers also went inside to check for accomplices. They were hardly in the front door when there was an accident.

“There was an accidental weapons discharge from a Baltimore County officer on the task force. It struck a Baltimore City member of the task force in his arm,” said Justin Mulcahy, Anne Arundel County Police spokesperson.

The detective who was shot started shooting.

“Believing they were coming under fire [he] also discharged his weapon several times,” Mulcahy said.

The detective’s bullets went through the wall: five of them. The back door sliding door was shot out, and so was the refrigerator.

“Why? It was empty,” the homeowner said.

Empty, too, it seems are her hopes the police will pay for cleanup.

“They said because they arrest someone leaving my house,” she said, “I’m stuck with the damage.”

Tuesday, she learned the county might pay, but she has to file a formal claim.

“They can certainly pursue that claim through the county’s risk management,” Mulcahy said.

The city officer has been on the force for 16 years and is on medical leave recovering from that shot to his arm.

The Baltimore County narcotics officer who accidentally fired the first shot is a 26-year veteran and is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigations by the Anne Arundel and Baltimore County police departments.

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  • JQP

    Way to raise public opinion and gain the trust of your citizenry. Nice work.

  • your dumb

    JQP your a moron! and so is anyone who believes that woman’s story about letting people send packages to her place and then leaves it on the door step, she knew what was going on……..

    • Sezmane

      no your dumb people do it all the time if it was your mother you woul feel different

    • Jane

      Aha…well, I am saddened by your childlike outbursts. I wish I could help you find a more effective way to make a point while maintaining your dignity.

      As for the story, I have only the facts they have provided, here. I have, myself, accepted packages for girlfriends who were buying gifts for their husbands or for their kids. I think it is a shame that we are expected to be suspicious of the people we are supposed to trust. I think it is terribly unfair that if we are taken advantage of, it is our fault for trusting our friends and neighbors. If she was a part of the problem, shame on her. If not, shame on anyone who points their finger at someone without having all the facts.

      …and RavenLude, sweetheart, don’t be a follower. I hopoe that you. have better judgment than to latch on to the coat tails of someone without grace. It is shabby and undignified.

  • RavenLude

    yeah JQP u are a moron. that woman is in on the distribution case and she should stop whining and keep her mouth shut and hope she doesnt get charged with anything too.

    • Sezmane

      shut up and cheer the ravens idiot there are still nice people and do not name call jerk!!!

  • Kimberly Blackwell

    even if she really didnt no which is highly unlikely shes still responsible for wat goes on in her home n on her property anne arundel police are idiots anyway there bigger idiots than baltimore county and believe you me that aint saying much

  • Wiseguy

    Another episode of the “Keystone Koppers”

  • jim

    she didnt know? what idiot signs for a package that isnt theirs???

    • Stinks to be you

      It must be awful to live in an area where you can’t be a friend or a good neighbor. Sorry you have to live like that, pal.

    • Sezmane

      Again the world is not an unfriendly place genius UPS does it all the time it is a common phenom just because you would not does not mean someone else would not sign the cops were on it and if she was a suspect they would have her in jail also do u underestimate the brilliance of balto city and county officials?????

  • lalala

    First rule of gun safety… DO NOT point your gun in an unsafe direction(i.e., towards your team). Second Rule of Gun Safety… Always be aware of your intended target. Stop the refidgorator is getting away.

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