Police ID Suspect In Car Chase That Ended In Officer-Involved Shooting

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A wild pursuit in Baltimore County ended with a woman shot by police and a man behind bars Friday night.

Police say the car involved was stolen from Baltimore City and hit three police cars and six civilian vehicles during the incident.

The driver was identified Monday as 23-year-old Dejuan Lamar Owens of the 7000 block of Gentle Shade Road in Columbia. He is charged with 17 counts of first degree assault and unlawful taking of a motor vehicle. He is being held in the Baltimore County Detention Center on a no bail status.

Owens displayed “a reckless disregard for human life” during his violent spree of destruction in Windsor Mill, according Baltimore County Police.

The scene was straight from a movie and played out near Essex and Liberty Roads.

Owens allegedly first refused to pull over around 8:30 p.m. Friday. Two police cars tried to block the path of the car and were rammed. The car kept going.

“As he was violently and recklessly traveling down Liberty Road, he struck six civilian vehicles carrying 11 innocent people along the way,” Sgt. Andrea Bylen said.

That’s when police fired at the car, shooting a woman in the passenger seat. The car then jumped the median and came to a stop in the opposite lane. Officers arrested Owens.

The woman who was shot is expected to survive.

The officer who was struck by Owens as he attempted to flee suffered minor injuries and has been released from the hospital.

The continuing investigation reveals that the other occupants of the vehicle were unaware that it was stolen at the time of the incident. All have been released without charge.

The officer involved in the shooting is on standard administrative duty. He has been identified as Officer Trussell, assigned to the Woodlawn precinct. He is a 5.5-year veteran of the department and has been involved in one prior combat shooting.

Body-worn camera footage continues to be withheld pending review for evidentiary value by the State’s Attorney’s Office.

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