Baltimore County, Maryland – Baltimore County police have charged a suspect with attempted murder after shooting at a Woodlawn police officer investigating a call for suspicious subjects in the 2500 block of Poplar Drive late Monday night.
The officer, a 10-year-veteran of the department assigned to the Woodlawn Precinct, was investigating a 9-1-1 call for two suspicious subjects running through yards following what sounded like breaking glass around 10:23 p.m. The officer located two subjects matching the description in the 2600 block of West Park Drive. As the officer attempted to initiate contact with them, exiting his vehicle, one of the suspects raised a handgun and fired a single shot at the officer, missing him by only inches, and striking the patrol car. One of the suspects followed the officer’s commands and was arrested at the scene. He was later interviewed and released without charge.
The shooter, identified as Kwaundaylo Deshawn Richardson (25) of the 3600 block of Bowers Avenue, 21207, fled on foot toward Windsor Mill Road near Alto Vista Avenue, where he was later apprehended. Despite an extensive search of the area, the handgun was not located at the time of the incident.
Detectives continued to investigate the incident through the night and were able to determine that Richardson’s girlfriend, 20-year-old Moesha E. Washington, also of the 3600 block of Bowers Avenue, 21207, was likely to respond back to the area of the shooting to retrieve the handgun, which she did. Detectives located Washington, who had retrieved the handgun from an abandoned home in the 1900 block of Alto Vista Avenue near where Richardson was apprehended, walking on Windsor Mill Road, concealing the gun under clothing she was carrying in her hands. She was arrested and the handgun, found to be a loaded .22 revolver with one spent cartridge, was confiscated. The gun was also found to have a mutilated serial number as to prevent tracing it or identifying the registered owner.
Richardson is prohibited from possessing a firearm due to a prior felony conviction. Washington is also prohibited from possessing a firearm due to her age.
Richardson is being held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center following a bail review hearing Wednesday and is charged with the following:
- Attempted 1st Degree Murder
- 1st Degree Assault
- 2nd Degree Assault
- Handgun on Person
- Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony/Violent Crime
- Manual Serial Number Removal/Obliteration
Washington is released on her own recognizance following a bail review hearing Wednesday and is charged with the following:
- Accessary after Statute (Accessary after the fact)
- Handgun on Person
- Minor in Possession of a Firearm
- Manual Serial Number Remove/Obliteration
The police officer was not injured during the incident.
The press release is available at baltimorecountymd.gov.