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Officer released from hospital, suspect dead after shootout in Towson

Officer released from hospital, suspect dead after shootout in Towson Saturday night
Posted at 9:28 AM, Jun 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-07 09:30:36-04

BALTIMORE — A Baltimore County Police Officer has been released from the hospital after being shot while responding to a call Saturday night.

Several police officers showed support for that officer late Sunday night. The officer's right hand and arm appeared to be in a cast.

“While our injured officer will certainly have a difficult road ahead in terms of recovery, I am absolutely grateful that all of our police officers will be going home following this incident,” Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt said.

Around 8:40 p.m. Saturday, officers arrived at an apartment complex in the 500 block of Virginia Avenue, where they heard gunshots coming from inside.

“A neighbor inside the building heard a distress and contacted 911,” Baltimore County spokesperson Thomas Lester said. “That’s how the Baltimore County Police Department was dispatched out there.”

Police made their way all the way up to the 11th floor, and knocked on the door where they believed the shots came from.

Joseph Robert Henry Thompson, 66, answered armed with a handgun and pointed the weapon at officers, resulting in a shootout.

Three officers, identified as S. Johnson, C. Klapha, and R. Fitzgerald, fired their weapons killing Thompson.

“Once they got on the floor, they were able to identify the apartment where the unknown trouble was reported,” said Lester. “Those officers knocked on the door. At that time, our decedent emerged from the apartment, pointed it at officers and that’s when the and the decedent exchanged gunfire.”

During that exchange one officer was wounded, although police have not confirmed which one.

After the shootout, officers found a woman inside the apartment suffering from gunshot wounds. She was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

It's still unclear what led to the woman's shooting inside the apartment.