In an apparent drug deal gone wrong, undercover narcotics officers tried to move in on a pair of vehicles at the corner of Aldworth and Manchester roads in Dundalk, but soon found themselves in the paths of the suspects as they tried to make their getaways.
"They attempted to stop both of those cars,” said Cpl. John Wachter of the Baltimore County Police Department, “One car, a white vehicle, struck an unmarked Baltimore County Police car and an officer that was standing next to the car. That vehicle fled the scene and has not been located."
The second car didn't get far, striking a curb and coming to a stop a few blocks away in front of David Gosnay's home.
"I was eating lunch and I saw on my home video camera a car pull up out front, the gentleman got out and ran through the yard," Gosnay said.
It was all caught on video: the suspects’ car coming to an abrupt stop and the driver sprinting away from pursuing officers, then flopping face first over the backyard fence before continuing his flight.
"He was later seen getting into a third vehicle, a dark-colored vehicle, occupied by a woman and an infant,” Wachter said, “That vehicle drove that suspect down to a location in the city where officers were able to take the suspect and the woman into custody. The infant was given to a family member."
As it left the neighborhood, that car hit a second officer who only suffered minor injuries.
Gosnay said he didn't feel threatened with one of suspects at large.
“I have very good neighbors here, and we're all pretty well armed," Gosnay said.
Baltimore City Police caught up with the final suspect and arrested him on an unrelated charge later in the day Thursday, locating a white vehicle with front end damage in the process.
Like Gosnay's neighbors, police officers were also armed, but never fired a shot as the suspects turned their vehicles into potentially deadly weapons.
Paramedics did transport the first officer who was hit to Shock Trauma with non-life-threatening injuries.