Shots Fired On 295 Near BWI

| July 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

UPDATE 05:25pm 07/06/2011: From the Maryland State Police:

The search is continuing this evening for an armed man who vandalized a speed camera vehicle parked along the Baltimore Washington Parkway in Anne Arundel County late this morning.

The suspect is described as a white male, aged 60-65 years, approximately 5’8″ tall and 150 lbs, with gray hair. He is said to have been wearing a red and blue plaid shirt, possibly flannel, with blue jeans.

The male victim is not being identified at this time. He was not physically injured in the incident. He is an employee of the company contracted by the State Highway Administration to conduct speed camera enforcement in construction zones on Maryland interstates.

Shortly before 11:30 a/m. today, the victim was parked in his white Jeep SUV, with cameras mounted on the hood, along the southbound shoulder of the BW Parkway, just north of the Rt. 195 exit. The victim said the suspect walked out of a wooded area to his right and was armed with a shotgun and a hammer.

The suspect tapped on the rear window of the Jeep with his shotgun. Alarmed, the victim began blowing his horn. The suspect then walked to the front of the Jeep and struck the windshield repeatedly, leaving large spider web type breaks in the glass.

In fear for his safety, the victim jumped out of his vehicle and crouched near the guardrail. He said the suspect was yelling, but it sounded incoherent and he could not understand what the man was saying.

Moments later, the victim said the man walked back into the woods the same way he came, still carrying the shotgun and hammer. No shots were fired.

Troopers from the Maryland State Police and officers from the Anne Arundel County Police responded quickly and established a perimeter around the area. SWAT teams from both departments responded, as did support units that included K-9 teams and State Police helicopters. Due to the proximity of an armed suspect to the BW Parkway, troopers closed the road both north and southbound for the safety of motorists. State Highway Administration personnel responded and diverted traffic at I-695 to the north and Rt. 100 to the south. Maryland Transportation Authority Police officers also assisted with the search and in securing the area perimeter.

The immediate search of the area did not lead to the location of the suspect. The BW Parkway was reopened to traffic at about 2:45 p.m. today.

The search is continuing in the area tonight. Anyone who thinks they may have seen the suspect or know him, is urged to contact 911 immediately, or the Maryland State Police at the Glen Burnie Barracks, at 410-761-5130.

UPDATE 01:39pm 07/06/2011: From the Maryland State Police:

Maryland State Police and Anne Arundel County Police are searching for an armed suspect in the area of I-295 and Rt. 195 in Anne Arundel County. I-295 is currently closed in both directions at Rt 195.

Calls to police began shortly before 11:30 a.m. today reporting a man armed with a long gun (shotgun or rifle) along the highway at that location. It is not known if shots were fired. It is believed the suspect may have used a hammer to break out windows of a vehicle parked near the location. No one has been injured .

The suspect is described as a white male, between 50-60 yrs old, wearing a black and red flannel shirt and blue jeans.

State and county police have established a command post at 295/195. A search is underway with K-9, helicopters and police officers on foot.

UPDATE 12:42pm 07/06/2011: From ABC2 News:

Maryland State Police are searching for an armed man in the woods off of southbound 295 in Anne Arundel County.

According to State Police at the Glen Burnie barrack, a white man came out of the woods off of southbound 295 near 195 holding a shot gun and a sledgehammer.

Police believe he may have fired the gun before going back into the woods.

State Police are searching for the man using a helicopter.

The Baltimore Washington Parkway, 295, is shutdown in both directions.

No other information about the incident is available yet.

Maryland State Police have closed down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway (MD 295) near BWI in both directions after shots were fired at vehicles in the area of Interstate 195.

Details are few, but the initial report indicated that multiple cars had been shot including a SHA vehicle.

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The search is continuing this evening for an armed man who vandalized a speed camera vehicle parked along the Baltimore Washington Parkway in Anne Arundel County late this morning.
The suspect is described as a white male, aged 60-65 years, approximately 5�8� tall and 150 lbs, with gray hair.  He is said to have been wearing a red and blue plaid shirt, possibly flannel, with blue jeans.
The male victim is not being identified at this time.  He was not physically injured in the incident.  He is an employee of the company contracted by the State Highway Administration to conduct speed camera enforcement in construction zones on Maryland interstates.
Shortly before 11:30 a/m. today, the victim was parked in his white Jeep SUV, with cameras mounted on the hood, along the southbound shoulder of the BW Parkway, just north of the Rt. 195 exit.  The victim said the suspect walked out of a wooded area to his right and was armed with a shotgun and a hammer.
The suspect tapped on the rear window of the Jeep with his shotgun.  Alarmed, the victim began blowing his horn.  The suspect then walked to the front of the Jeep and struck the windshield repeatedly, leaving large spider web type breaks in the glass.
In fear for his safety, the victim jumped out of his vehicle and crouched near the guardrail.  He said the suspect was yelling, but it sounded incoherent and he could not understand what the man was saying.
Moments later, the victim said the man walked back into the woods the same way he came, still carrying the shotgun and hammer.  No shots were fired.
Troopers from the Maryland State Police and officers from the Anne Arundel County Police responded quickly and established a perimeter around the area.  SWAT teams from both departments responded, as did support units that included K-9 teams and State Police helicopters.  Due to the proximity of an armed suspect to the BW Parkway, troopers closed the road both north and southbound for the safety of motorists.  State Highway Administration personnel responded and diverted traffic at I-695 to the north and Rt. 100 to the south.  Maryland Transportation Authority Police officers also assisted with the search and in securing the area perimeter.
The immediate search of the area did not lead to the location of the suspect.  The BW Parkway was reopened to traffic at about 2:45 p.m. today.
The search is continuing in the area tonight.  Anyone who thinks they may have seen the suspect or know him, is urged to contact 911 immediately, or the Maryland State Police at the Glen Burnie Barracks, at 410-761-5130.

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