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Manhunt continues for armed man 'in crisis' who allegedly shot officer in Cockeysville

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BALTIMORE -- A search is ongoing for an armed man who allegedly shot a Baltimore County officer Wednesday in Cockeysville. 

Police released a second image Thursday of 24-year-old David Emory Linthicum, who now has longer hair than an initial image released Wednesday. 

David Emory Linthicum, 24 Baltimore County Police

Related: Five Baltimore County schools closed as manhunt continues for shooting suspect 'in crisis'

Officers responded around 2:30 p.m. to the area of Powers Avenue for a person in distress, where Linthicum allegedly shot the officer, police said. 

WJZ has learned Linthicum shot the officer multiple times, and that the officer was inside the house at the time of the shooting. The officer was released from the hospital Wednesday night and is "in good spirits," officials said. 

An hours-long barricade situation ensued. Streets in the surrounding neighborhood were shut down for hours, and residents were asked to shelter in place. 

Linthicum is described as a white man with auburn hair and facial hair. He is believed to be wearing a dark short-sleeved shirt and dark shorts, police said Thursday. 

Anyone who sees Linthicum or knows his whereabouts is asked not to approach him, but to call 911. He is believed to be armed. 

Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski said in a tweet late Wednesday night he is "fully confident" in the police department in their investigation and search for the suspect. 

Ring camera provided by a neighbor shows rescue teams and officers in tactical gear surrounding Linthicum's home.

"This is crazy," neighborhood resident Sina Lotfi said. "I've never seen anything like it before."

Lofti said his wife and daughter were at home during the barricade. 

"I'm worried about them, too, but there's nothing I can do," he said.

Baltimore County Police did not say what prompted them to start looking for Linthicum outside of the house at the center of the barricade.


Police provide new details on suspect in manhunt

Baltimore County Police spokesperson Joy Stewart provided the latest details in the search for 24-year-old David Emory Linthicum, who allegedly shot a police officer and took off from his Cockeysville home Wednesday morning.

Baltimore County police have been searching throughout the night for the man officers consider to be "armed and dangerous."

Stewart said neighboring jurisdictions - Howard, Carroll and Harford counties - are assisting in the search.

Still, police are asking residents in the area of Powers Avenue to shelter-in-place,

And, if anyone spots Linthicum, don't approach him and call 911.

"We are asking members of the community to remain vigilant. If you see something suspicious, please report it to police," Stewart said.

Stewart said officers were called to the home around 2:30 p.m. for a crisis call. They went into the home and were escorted downstairs when Linthicum allegedly fired shots at the officers. 

Police didn't release much information, but are looking at the suspect's background.

"Considering this individual may very well be monitoring the information I am sharing at this point, there are certain details we won't be disclosing right now," Stewart said.

Stewart said she believes there was a time where Linthicum was barricaded, or believed to have been barricaded, before he left the home.

By Adam Thompson

Manhunt started at same home of 2008 murders in Cockeysville

Police responded Wednesday morning to a call for "crisis" that led to a barricade situation and manhunt in Cockeysville.

David Emory Linthicum, 24, shot a Baltimore County Police officer multiple times in a home in the area of Powers Avenue, according to police. 

Sources confirmed to WJZ that is the same house where Nicholas Browning killed his mother and father and two brothers in 2018.

The source said Linthicum is not related to the Brownings, but just a strange coincidence.

By Adam Thompson

Police scheduled to give update at 12:15 p.m.

Police are planning to provide an update at 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Baltimore County police spokesperson said.

 Overnight members of the Baltimore County Police Department continued search efforts to locate and arrested 24-year-old David Emory Linthicum. 

Police said through the investigative process, Linthicum is believed to be wearing a pair of dark shorts and a dark short-sleeved shirt.

Officers said all roads in the area of Powers Avenue have reopened, a shelter-in-place advisory remains in place. 

For safety purposes, a number of schools are closed while others remain on lockout.

Police are asking residents to "remain vigilant and be aware of their surroundings."

By Adam Thompson

Police update description

Baltimore County police on Thursday updated Linthicum's clothing description. He is believed to be wearing dark short-sleeved shirt and dark shorts.

He was initially believed to have been wearing a black hoodie with black pants. 

By Rohan Mattu

Officer worked with council people

WJZ learned that the injured officer, who was shot multiple times, provided police detail to various County Council members. 

Councilman Julian Jones, who represents the 4th district, said "this is a solemn reminder of how officers put their lives on the line to protect us."

By CBS Baltimore Staff

Helicopters circle Cockeysville as search continues

A police helicopter circled David Linthicum's Cockeysville home as the search continued for the shooting suspect. 

WJZ reporter Amy Kawata said there has been a heavy police presence around the home on Powers Avenue. 

By Rohan Mattu
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