CATONSVILLE, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — The man suspected of delivering the fatal shot that killed a Baltimore County police officer, has also died.
Police say 25-year-old Tevon Smith has died at Shock Trauma after an exchange of gunfire that killed Officer Jason Schneider.
Schneider was at the home to serve a warrant related to a shooting that occurred last week, said Baltimore County Police Chief James Johnson. People inside the home began to run away as soon as the officers entered, and Schneider was shot several times as he turned a corner, returning fire as he fell, the chief told reporters.
“We know the suspects clearly knew that we were police officers,” Johnson said.
Police say their preliminary investigation shows that Schneider’s vest stopped several rounds, but one round traveled underneath his vest, striking him in the back.
Schneider, a 13-year-veteran of the force and son of a retired Baltimore city police officer, was a member of the department’s tactical unit, whose duties include serving high-risk warrants. The chief and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz met with the officer’s family after the shooting.
“He was extraordinarily experienced, a leader within that unit,” Johnson said. “This is a terrible loss for Baltimore County. His noble work is greatly appreciated.”
He said it was “remarkable” that so few county police officers have been killed on duty given the dangerous crimes they handle.
“Even today, the best equipment, the best training, the best planning, the best execution of the detail, the round makes its way through and takes the life of this very brave man,” Johnson said.
His voice cracked as he described his feelings about the shooting, calling it “particularly hard.”
“Can you imagine what he did in 10 years in tactical, how many hundreds of things he’s done — and this one damn incident unfolds like this?”