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No charges in two fatal police shootings of suspects in Baltimore County

Posted at 4:02 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 16:02:00-04

TOWSON, Md. — The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office will take no actions against police involved in two recent fatal line-of-duty shootings, State’s Attorney Scott D. Shellenberg’s office announced Wednesday.

One of the deadly exchanges occurred during a domestic dispute on June 24 in Phoenix. The other occurred at a motel in Rosedale on July 6.

In the domestic incident, Officer Allinson, a 12-year veteran of the Baltimore County Police Department, will not face charges as the officer's actions were considered reasonable due to the threat he faced from Scott Williams Robertson, the man Allinson shot and who later died, according to a letter issued by Deputy State’s Attorney Robin S. Coffin.

The morning of the shooting, police responded to a call for a person with a weapon at a home in the area of 14000 N. Blenheim Road. Police said Robertson was inside a residence threatening three people with a handgun. The victims fled when officers arrived.

According to Coffin’s letter, officers established a tactical position at both doors of the house. Robertson was in the basement, where he lived, and Allinson called through an open basement window for Robertson to come out with his hands up. Robertson then quickly emerged from the door holding a handgun.

As confirmed by Allinson’s body-worn camera footage, the officer told Robertson to “show me your hands” three times before firing the fatal shots, Coffin’s letter said. After being shot, Robertson retreated back into the house.

When police went into the basement, they found Robertson’s gun where it had fell and his knife strapped to his belt, the letter said. The gun matched the description of the weapon seen by Allinson and spotted on his body camera footage.

In the July 6 incident, police responded to a reported shooting in the 1700 block of Winding Brook Way in Windsor Mill at about 5 a.m. A 37-year-old woman officers found at the location said she had called police after her ex-boyfriend, later identified as 43-year-old Kareem Morgan, forced his way into the home, fought her, then shot her in the leg before fleeing.

Hours later, police saw Morgan’s car parked at the Duke’s Motel in Rosedale. A tactical team tried to enter the room he was in, when police said Morgan began firing at them. Officers returned fire and struck Morgan, who died at the scene.

In a separate letter, Coffin said the tactical unit used a no-knock warrant to enter the room since they knew Morgan was armed. Body worn camera footage captures them attempting to detain Morgan.

“Morgan fired a shot before the tactical unit removes the curtain,” Coffin’s letter said. “Once the current is removed, Morgan can be seen pointing a handgun at Officers. Morgan fired four rounds at Officers.”

Baltimore County Police later identified Officer McCampbell as the officer who fatally struck Morgan.

“The shooting of Morgan by Officer McCampbell was justified to protect the lives of all of the officers,” Coffin said. “Accordingly, this office will take no further action.”