WOODLAWN, Md. — The call came in for an armed robbery just after two o’clock in the morning on Monday in the 6700 block of Windsor Mill Road.
The getaway vehicle had already left the convenience store when a call came in for a hit-and-run accident at Dogwood Road and Gwynn Oak Avenue where the suspects got out and fled.
“After that hit and run, one of our officers encountered an individual at the corner of Englewood and Gilmore Street,” said Joy Stewart of the Baltimore County Police Department, “The two exchanged gunfire at that time.”
In combing the nearby area, police discovered the suspect dead from injuries sustained from the shootout. Investigators also located a weapon believed to be tied to the incident.
The alleged suspect has been identified as 36-year-old Jovan Lewis Singleton. The involved officer is Lieutenant Mead, a 25-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police force. Mead remains on administrative leave pending an investigation. It's believed he is the only officer who fired their weapon during the incident.
This is the first shooting and the second case statewide since a new law took affect on October 1, requiring the Maryland Attorney General’s Office to review the officer’s conduct in any death involving police.
“We are prepared,” said the office’s communications director, Raquel Coombs. “We were given the responsibility by the legislature and we will perform that responsibility, and we are prepared.”
More than eight hours after the robbery and subsequent shooting, police suggested their overnight search for other potential suspects had come to an end.
“At this point, we are not still looking for suspects,” said Stewart.
But an hour later, a SWAT team joined police on Windsor Mill Road about two blocks from where the robbery had originally set things in motion, and we witnessed one person being taken into custody, although we do not know what, if any, role they played in this case.
If you have any information, which could help police, you asked to dial 911.