WHITE MARSH, Md. (WJZ)–A 17-year veteran has been identified as the officer who fatally shot a man in White Marsh on Tuesday morning.
Police say Officer Saladino works in the Operations Support Section and remains on administrative leave pending the investigation of the incident.
The incident started just before 1 a.m. Tuesday when Baltimore County Police say they noticed three men—two adults and a juvenile—sitting in a Toyota Corolla they believed to be stolen.
When police tried to perform a traffic stop, the driver–19-year-old Briatay McDuffie–sped off, ramming into a police car on Madge Court.
All three persons in the Corolla later exited the vehicle and fled the scene.
Neighbors say the suspects made a run for the woods—which leads to I-95—which is when the situation went from dangerous to deadly.
“The actual canine came right through the backyard and into the woods with the dog,” said Mark Huff, neighbor.
The suspects continued to flee on foot.
Police eventually located two of the vehicle’s occupants–18-year-old Dayvontae Malik Manning, of Baltimore, and a 17-year-old male–and took them into custody.
Officer Saladino shot and killed 19-year-old McDuffie after an altercation. He was pronounced dead on the scene.
Manning has been charged with motor vehicle theft and was released on $20,000 bail. The 17-year-old male was charged as a juvenile in connection with the vehicle theft.
Saladino did receive non-life threatening injuries. He did not require medical attention.
Police say the vehicle the suspects were in was stolen from Baltimore City.
Once the investigation is complete, the results will be turned over to the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.
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