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Man Charged In Shooting Of Off-Duty Md. Officer

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TOWSON, Md. (AP/WJZ) — Baltimore County police have arrested a man wanted in the shooting of an off-duty police officer in Overlea earlier this month.

Police say Michael Jabateh, 18, was arrested after a foot chase Thursday night. He’s now charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and related charges.

In the early morning hours of Dec. 9, police reported to the 700-block of Dale Avenue to break up a house party. They asked about 100 teenagers to leave the location. Officer Moorer, who was off-duty at the time, also honked the horn of his personal vehicle to try to disperse the crowd. According to police, after an unknown man shouted that Moorer had a gun, Jabateh shot through his car door. Moorer was struck multiple times and sent to Shock Trauma with non-life threatening injuries. He was released from the hospital that same day.

Jabateh was arrested in Essex Thursday night. Police say a gun he dropped during the chase has been linked to the shooting.

Online court records don’t show a lawyer for Jabateh, who is being held without bail at the county detention center.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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