ELKRIDGE, Md. (WJZ) — What started as an armed robbery ended with an officer-involved shooting after two suspects led police on a chase in Howard County early Friday morning.
Around 3 a.m., a quiet Elkridge neighborhood quickly found itself in the middle of chaos.
The robbery happened at the CVS in the 6400 block of Old Waterloo Rd. That’s where police say 20-year-old Jarkell Champion and 18-year-old Titus Kittrell barged into the store, going after Oxycontin, Percocet and money.
Shortly after taking off, police found the suspects’ vehicle and tried to make a traffic stop Snowden River Parkway and Route 100 in Ellicott City.
After crashing their car, both suspects ran away from the scene. That’s when police say Champion pulled out a weapon.
“One of our officers was forced to fire his weapon,” Howard County Police spokesperson Sherry Llewellyn said.
Police say Champion was shot in the leg.
While the other suspect was quickly taken into custody, Champion led police on a chase through a neighborhood for 30 minutes before being taken into custody.
Police say K-9 units and aviation were called in. Authorities received a slew of calls from residents reporting a suspicious person running through there neighborhood.
“Because of those calls, we were able to get to the right place and make that apprehension,” Llewellyn said.
A man who did not want to be identified heard parts of the wild scene.
“S.W.A.T. cars, everything you can think of,” he said. “It is definitely the talk of the town right now.
The officer who fired his weapon has been identified as PFC Russell DiAngelo, an eight-year veteran. He has been placed on standard administrative leave.
Both suspects are from Washington, D.C. and are being held at the Howard County Detention Center.
Snowden River Parkway was shut down from Route 108 to Route 100 as police investigated. The area reopened Friday afternoon.
Police searched the area for a weapon, which officers believe Champion may have discarded as he ran away from police.