Baltimore Cop Injured In Shootout With Fellow Law Enforcement After Reports Of Heavy Drinking

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Police said a Baltimore County cop was injured in a shootout with fellow law enforcement officers in a standoff Thursday after reports he was suicidal and drinking heavily.

Hartford County Sheriff deputies arrived at the home of Baltimore County cop James L. Ward, 42, which led to a standoff. Ward hid inside his home and began firing at police. The shootout ended with police firing back and hitting Ward. He was hospitalized with non life-threatening injuries. No one else was hurt.

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said Ward will likely face felony charges and be suspended without pay.

“It was very scary because we didn’t know where the bullets were coming from,” William Kendall, who was near the shooting, told CBS Local.

Police dismissed schools in the area early for safety reasons.

“I am shocked and saddened at the actions of one of our officers this afternoon,” Johnson said. “I am thankful that none of the first responders and police personnel who handled this call were physically injured. We hope that the Baltimore County officer involved in this incident receives the medical help he apparently needs so desperately.”

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