1 killed in Md. officer-involved shooting

A burglary suspect allegedly rammed a police vehicle and then tried to run down three officers in Frederick County.

FREDERICK COUNTY, MD. (WUSA9) - One person is dead and another was taken into custody after a shooting involving Howard County officers, the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said.

The shooting happened Monday morning near Penn Shop Rd. and Route 27.

Monday morning, officers responded to a burglary on Manor Drive in Mt. Airy, near Penn Shop Rd and Route 27. When officers tried to conduct a traffic stop of the suspect’s car, the suspect rammed into a police cruiser and then drove towards the officers. According to the sheriff’s office, two officers fired their guns, hitting the suspect.

The suspect, 26-year-old Cody Mitchell, died and 28-year-old Shyann Outen was taken into custody.

Outen was charged with first-degree burglary and is being held without bond awaiting a bond review hearing.

No officers were injured in the shooting.

The two officers involved have been identified as Corporal Thomas Townsend and Officer First Class Darshan Luckey.

The Howard County Chief of Police released the following statement: 

"Earlier today, two Howard County police officers were involved in a fatal shooting in Mt. Airy, on the Frederick side of the county line. The Howard County officers were in Frederick County as part of a multi-jurisdictional investigation into a series of ongoing burglaries.

Because the incident occurred in Frederick County, it is being investigated by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. I have been in touch with Sheriff Jenkins and assured him that Howard County Police will cooperate fully in their investigation and provide them with any information or assistance they need. I am confident Frederick County will conduct a thorough and detailed investigation.

In addition, the Howard County Police Department will initiate its own internal investigation, which is standard in all police-involved shootings. The two officers, who are members of a specialized unit focused on repeat offenders, have been placed on standard administrative leave. Neither was injured in the incident.

It is a difficult day when there is an incident that results in the loss of life. We will continue to work with the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office to ensure investigators have access to all the information and assistance they need."

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating.

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