North Point Precinct officer, civilian shot in Dundalk Avenue shootout
An officer and a civilian were in serious condition following an armed robbery and subsequent shootout with police on Wednesday, June 7, in Dundalk. The robbery suspect was pronounced deceased after the incident.
Investigation has revealed that officers were dispatched at 2:49 p.m. to Dundalk Avenue and Avon Beach Road for an armed street robbery in progress. Officers had received information that a single male suspect, later identified as Blaine Robert Erb, 35, of no fixed address, approached and robbed two people at gunpoint. Police arriving on the scene were updated with information that the suspect fled the scene onto a Maryland Transit Administration bus. Police located the bus a short distance from the Logan Village Shopping Center in the 3400 block of Dundalk Avenue and initiated an investigative traffic stop.
When officers attempted to confront the suspect on the bus, he began shooting at the officers, firing repeatedly. The officers returned fire. After exchanging gunfire for an extended period, the suspect attempted to flee the MTA bus. He collapsed a short distance from the bus, suffering at least one gunshot wound, where he was pronounced deceased.
During the exchange of gunfire, one officer and one civilian each suffered at least one gunshot wound. The officer, identified as Officer First Class Slocum, a 13-year BCoPD veteran assigned to Precinct 12/Dundalk, was taken to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, where she remained hospitalized and in serious condition as of June 8. The civilian, a 21-year-old female from the 5000 block of Queensberry Ave. in Baltimore, also suffered a gunshot wound to the lower body during the incident and is expected to survive her injury.
Two .40-caliber semi-automatic handguns were found next to the suspect's body, as well as numerous gun magazines and ammunition. Detectives have determined that the firearms have not been reported stolen but continue to investigate to identify the last known registered owner. Erb is prohibited from owning or possessing firearms due to a prior conviction for an armed robbery. The investigation has determined that Erb had a lengthy criminal history in Maryland and neighboring states, including charges for robbery, weapon violations, assault and theft. He also had an open warrant in Pennsylvania.
Detectives have identified five civilians who were on the bus when the incident began, but continue to investigate to determine if there were more.
The investigation has determined that four officers fired rounds at the suspect from their service weapons. The first three are identified as 5.5-year veteran Officer First Class Carver, 3.5-year veteran Officer First Class Leary, 14.5-year veteran Officer First Class Minton, all assigned to Precinct 12. The fourth officer is a 17-year veteran of the force whose name will be withheld due to the officer's duty assignment. All four officers have been placed on routine administrative leave, and one of the officers involved have any prior combat shooting involvement.
Body-camera footage of this incident is part of the ongoing investigation. The MTA bus was equipped with working surveillance cameras, and any footage captured from these cameras will be part of the investigation as well.
Current crime trends
Since May 16, there have been four residential burglaries in the North Point Village community in the Dundalk Precinct. Cases occurred between 9 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. Suspects entered unlocked rear doors or windows in all cases. Items taken include cell phones, keys, liquor, a scooter, purses, money, IDs and vehicles.
Since April 25, there have been seven residential burglaries in the Glenside Park community within the Parkville Precinct. Items taken include purses, game systems, video games, shoes, TVs and money.
Crime Blotter: Precinct 9/White Marsh
First Degree Burglary: On June 3, officers from the White Marsh precinct responded to a burglary call in the unit block of Catoctin Court in Rosedale. At 12:30 a.m., an unknown suspect smashed a rear ground level window and removed cash from the victim’s apartment.
Robbery: Just after 3 p.m. on June 2, Baltimore County police were called to the intersection of Arrowood Court and Ross Ridge Road in Rosedale. The victim was approached by an armed suspect who stole the victim’s purse that contained cash, a cell phone and a wallet. The suspect then fled in an unknown direction. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact Baltimore County police.
Attempted Robbery: Officers from the White Marsh precinct responded to an attempted robbery call in the 6400 block of Petrie Way in Rosedale. At 2:55 p.m. on June 2, the victim was approached by an armed suspect who demanded the victim’s property. The suspect assaulted the victim and then fled.
First Degree Burglary: On June 1, Baltimore County police responded to a call in the unit block of Sagebrush Court in Nottingham. Sometime between 5:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., an unknown suspect forced open the victim’s bedroom window and and stole a firearm.
Second Degree Burglary: Officers were called to the 1700 block of Chesaco Avenue in Rosedale on May 31 shortly before 7 p.m. An unknown suspects broke into the locked office of the Rosedale Coin Laundry and, once inside, the suspects stole cash and then fled.
MSP Memorial Day enforcement yields results
Traffic enforcement efforts by Maryland state troopers during the Memorial Day holiday period resulted in more than 7,800 traffic stops that led to 130 arrests and more than 100 arrests of impaired drivers.
Maryland State Police patrol troopers began increased holiday traffic enforcement efforts on May 26 which continued through May 30. During that period, troopers arrested 111 impaired drivers, arrested 78 for criminal offenses and arrested another 53 people who were found to be wanted on warrants.
The arrests occurred during 7,833 traffic stops made by troopers working traffic safety initiatives that included additional patrols, sobriety checkpoints, saturation patrols and speed enforcement. Troopers issued 5,196 citations, 4,922 warnings and 807 safety equipment repair orders. Troopers at each of the 23 Maryland State Police barracks were involved in special enforcement operations during the holiday period.
During this period, troopers responded to 255 crashes. There were no fatal crashes reported.