Reporting Meghan McCorkell
MANCHESTER, Md. (WJZ)— Remembering a fallen hero. Hundreds attend a viewing for Baltimore County Police Officer 1st Class Jason Schneider. This, as we learn new information about how the tactical team member died.
Meghan McCorkell has more from Manchester, where mourners gathered in Schneider’s hometown to pay their final respects.
Hundreds of brothers in blue from different police forces all waited in line to honor a fallen hero.
Behind the doors, members of the tactical team stood on either side of the casket of Officer Schneider.
“I drove here from Florida because of one of my boys having lost his life,” said retired Baltimore County Police Capt. Kate Meeks-Hall.
“It’s a special fraternity, specialized teams, especially those who go into danger as often as these folks do, and they have to depend on each other. It really hits hard,” said retired Baltimore County Police Maj. Lawrence Suther.
Schneider was killed Wednesday morning while serving a warrant in the unit block of Roberts Avenue in Catonsville.
The 36-year-old police officer had been with the tactical division for 10 years, and he’d served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Schneider was a husband, the father of two children and the son of a retired Baltimore City police officer.
As friends and family say goodbye, we’re now learning new details about how he died.
According to charging documents, it was around 5:30 a.m. when the tactical team raided the Catonsville home, searching for 16-year-old Rasheed Stanford, who was wanted for attempted murder in a shooting on Aug. 19.
As Schneider entered the home, Taquan, 17, Barney tried to run out.
Schneider attempted to stop the teen from escaping when police say he was shot by Tevon Smith, 25.
As he was falling, Schneider returned fire. Smith later died at Shock Trauma.
Barney was apprehended on the scene and is charged as an adult with firearm violations. Officers found a loaded .22 caliber handgun in his front pants pocket. He’s currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
Four other people in the home at the time of the shooting were interviewed and released.
Stanford was not home at the time of the shooting. He turned himself into the Baltimore County Public Safety Building on Thursday night. He is charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and use of a firearm in a felony crime in connection to the shooting on Aug. 19. He is currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
Why Smith began shooting remains to be answered. He was not the man police were looking for. After a quick search of the Maryland court records, Smith was found to have no serious offenses.
Schneider— who had on a bulletproof vest when he went inside the house— was pronounced dead at the hospital. Apparently, one bullet traveled underneath his vest and struck him in the back.
His death leaves a huge hole in the hearts of his tactical team.
“When the time came to send those men in to do any job, it was Jason’s conscientiousness and his confidence that assured me that we could do it and we could do it well,” Meeks-Hall said.
Schneider’s family released the following statement:
“Jason was an amazing father, husband, son and brother. Jason was an honorable and affectionate man who will be remembered and never forgotten. Jason was a dedicated police officer and Marine who loved and cared for everyone.”
A Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Bartholomew Roman Catholic Church, 2930 Hanover Pike in Manchester.
The funeral procession will leave Manchester around 12:30 p.m. and travel to Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens in Lutherville-Timonium. Traffic delays are expected.