TOWSON, MD (WJZ) — A Baltimore County police-involved shooting leaves one officer injured and a suspect dead Saturday night in Towson.

Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt says officers were called to an apartment building in the 500 block of Virginia Ave around 8:40 p.m. Saturday night for unknown trouble.

READ MORE: Maryland Gas Tax Hikes 7 Cents Friday, Gov. Hogan Calls For Another Tax Holiday

When officers arrived at the apartment building, they heard what they believed to be the sound of gunfire and immediately responded to one of the upper floors of the apartment building.

Once there, they encountered a person armed with a handgun exiting an apartment unit.

At that point, an exchange of gunfire took place where an officer was shot and the suspect was fatally shot.

The suspect died at the scene, while the officer was transported to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Inside the apartment, the armed suspect was seen exiting, officers found an injured person suffering from a life-threatening injury.

That victim was also transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Hyatt said there was body-worn camera video of the incident.

READ MORE: Gun Spotted In Driver's Car Before Baltimore Officer Dragged, Court Documents Say

She reviewed the video and described it as “an incredibly frightening incident.”

“I could very easily be coming out here to talk about a very different outcome for our police officers,” she said.

The officer “will certainly have a difficult road ahead in terms of recovery,” Hyatt said.

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski also released this statement:

“A Baltimore County Police officer was shot while responding to an emergency call,” Olszewski said. “It is another reminder of how our first responders courageously put themselves in danger every day, running into unknown situations to protect the community. I have visited the officer in the hospital, and have thankfully been told he should expect a full recovery.”

As with all officer-involved shootings in the county a representative from the Independent Investigations Division of the Office of the Attorney General is investigating the circumstance surrounding the shooting.

Follow @WJZ on Twitter and like WJZ-TV | CBS Baltimore on Facebook

MORE NEWS: Ex-Baltimore Fiscal Chief Pleads Not Guilty To Fraud, Identity Theft Charges

 

CBS Baltimore Staff