Police say that preliminary investigations into this mornings police involved shooting have indicated that just after 1 a.m, the Baltimore County Police department responded to a home in the 3000 block of Hunting Ridge Drive. Officers were dispatched to an ‘unknown trouble’ call when the 911 caller stated that her granddaughter who resided at the home had called her because her mother & father were fighting. When the officers arrived, they could hear a disturbance in the home, after unsuccessfully trying to get someone to answer the door, three officers forced their way inside because they feared someone’s life may be in danger.
Police say that when the officers entered the home they encountered an adult male who was making movements causing the officers to fear that he may have a weapon. All three of the officers then reportedly fired their service weapons at the suspect. Officials say that 19 shell casings were recovered at the scene, however they say it is unknown the exact amount of times the officers fired their weapons.
The male was declared deceased at Sinai Trauma Center. He has been identified as 41 year old Spencer Lee McCain.
Police say an adult female and two children were in the home during the incident. The adult female had visible injuries but declined transportation to a hospital. The female had a protective order against McCain, which police say prohibited him from having contact with the female or the children, or going to the location of the incident. Police say they have been called to the home approximately 17 times since the beginning of 2012. No weapon was found during the preliminary searches.
All three officers involved have been placed on administrative status while the incident is reviewed. Due to a contract agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police, officials do not release the officers’ names for 48 hours.