Catonsville Shooting: Officer Killed in Shootout

    August 28, 2013
    Bennett Rieser
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A press conference from Baltimore this morning announced that officer Jason Schneider, 36, was killed in the line of duty while serving a warrant. Schneider was a 13-year veteran of the Baltimore police, and is survived by his wife, his parents, his two children and a brother.

Police chief Jim Johnson gave the finer detail on the incident: tactical teams entered a structure in the 1200 block of Winters Lane. A search warrant was to be served, the purpose being to apprehend someone wanted for a shooting that happened a week ago on that same lane. When the tactical team made entry, several people inside started to flee while the team did a room-to-room search.

The suspects, now fully aware of the police officers, opened fire when the officers turned a corner. Officer Schneider returned fire while he was going down, and struck one suspect several times with his weapon.

Dr. Deborah Stein and Dr. O’Connor from the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center spoke about the injuries sustained, acknowledging that the surgical team tried its best to save Officer Schneider, who succumbed to several gunshot wounds. The suspect is in critical condition and still receives treatment. “On behalf of the entire shock trauma center of the University of Maryland, our most deepest heartfelt sympathies to the officer’s family and the entire Baltimore County Police Department. They are our partners, and we deeply feel their loss,” the doctors said.

“…we don’t always appreciate what our police do for us every day, but it’s times like this when we know how grateful we are for their bravery and for their sacrifice,” said Kevin Kamenetz, an executive for Baltimore County. “I ask all county residents to keep Officer Schneider’s family in their prayers.”

The Baltimore Sun notes that the shooting of Officer Schneider is the fourth incident of gun violence in Catonsvile inside the last month: on August 17, two men were shot near the city lines; on August 19, a man was shot not far from where Officer Schneider was on Winters Lane; and on August 21, a 16-year-old took a bullet in the arm north of Route 40.

[image via a Baltimore ABC News affiliate video of the press conference]
  • Lisa Timmons

    Are you kidding me! A police officer gets shot and killed, and the monster who shot him, is being treated at the hospital! Let the loser suffer!

    • @Lisa

      Your compassion for your fellow man is duly noted. Contrary to popular belief, the police are not the saints they are portrayed as and often they are the ones who escalate the violence level. I have seen more police start incidents than I care to ever remember.

      In this case, it sounds like the officer was not the instigator, but don’t fool yourself and think the police are saints. I assure you they are not. Police have changed in the past 15 years.

  • M. Marlry

    “succeeded” What does that mean? Will his parents, brother, wife and kid get jobs as police officers now? he is survived by them and the standard news reporting practice is the wife, kid, parents and brother in that order. Who wrote this?

    • Bennett Rieser

      I wrote it, and I made your recommended change immediately, as I agree with you about my error in diction. Thank you for correcting me.

      • @Bennett

        Dont mind him. Everyone makes mistakes. We understood what you meant.

  • Nadja

    I see the criminals are obeying the new Maryland firearms laws, just as they obeyed the old ones. The only difference is more defenseless victims.

    I marvel at those who think “gun control” works – they tend to understand the fallacies of “trickle down economics” but are unable to recognize that gun control laws are based on the same fallacious assumptions.

    • paul robinson

      I’m sure the police have enough to deal with and don’t need vigilantes in the way. Leave the policing to the professionals.

  • Max Jetts

    @Lisa Timmons

    Yes, this is what happens in America. If you would like another type of justice, please move to another country like Mexico or Iraq.

  • Hmm

    The only reason why this is getting press is that eventually the government wants to come and take away guns.

    Most crimes don’t even involve violence or guns. Victimless crimes in America are way up. Tons of people are going to prison for them. Why else do you think we have 5% of the worlds population and 25% of the worlds prisoners (not counting people on parole, probation, or who are detained)?

    Honestly, you want to stop the majority of crime? Stop the gangs. They are doing the vast majority of the crimes. Yes, of course, there are murders, rapists, thieves, etc. However, most of those circumstances are a) personal or b) isolated instances. Gangs commit hundreds of crimes and will attack people at random.

    Stop trying to bust the guy selling pot or trying to set up people on the internet for crimes against people who don’t even exist —— and go after the gangs. Our country will be a lot safer and gun violence will go down.

    • Joe

      “The only reason why this is getting press is that eventually the government wants to come and take away guns.”

      It’s getting press because an officer was killed in the line of duty. I guess there should be more articles about Miley Cyrus twerking. You’re a moron.