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Essex Man Charged in Shooting of Off-Duty Police Officer

An 18-year-old man stands accused of attempted first degree murder, first degree assault, among other charges.

Essex Man Charged in Shooting of Off-Duty Police Officer

Police have charged an 18-year-old man in the shooting of an off-duty police officer in Overlea.

Essex resident Michael Jabateh, 18, was charged with attempted first degree murder after an incident in which police describe a man opening fire on a car driven by an off-duty police officer. The officer was trying to maneuver his personal car through a crowd of juveniles and young adults that blocked the roadway after leaving a party in 700 block of Dale Avenue.

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The officer was shot twice and had to be transported to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

"The off-duty officer turned onto the street in his personal vehicle, and beeped his horn in an attempt to get people in the street to move out of the way," according to a release from Baltimore County police. "The officer was forced to stop completely due to the large crowd in the street. Detectives learned that an unknown person yelled that the man in the car had a gun, and that Michael Jabateh then approached the car and fired shots through the officer’s vehicle door."

Police arrested Jabateh in the 100 block of Orville Road on Dec. 20. Jabateh was caught after a brief foot chase, but not before dropping the gun that was linked to the shooting.

Jabateh was charged with attempted first degree murder, first- and second-degree assault, in addition to five other related charges. He currently being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.

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