North Point Officers Exonerated In Shooting Death Of Joshua Lopez

Officer had no choice and acted properly as evidence indicates.

In a letter addressed to the Baltimore County Police Department's Homicide Division, Deputy State’s Attorney Robin S. Coffin wrote that the North Point Precinct officers involved in the shooting death of Mr. Joshua Lopez were justified.

Mr. Lopez was in the Navy and lived in Texas at the time of this incident this past fall. The findings were based on the police investigation of the shooting which started when neighbors called 911 to report a suspicious subject in the area of Seaside Road and Dunnmanway in Dundalk on Sept. 23, 2012, at 2:15 am.

At the time of the incident, police spokesperson Lt. Robert McCullough issued a press release to Patch that stated the following: "The officers were attempting to interview the subject when he became combative. The subject then suddenly attempted to take one of the officer's firearm. Fearing for the officers' safety, a second officer pulled out his firearm and shot the subject." 

Officer Twisdale suffered injuries as a result of the confrontation.

The police department’s Homicide Division investigated the incident and submitted its findings to the State’s Attorney’s Office, which reviewed the case.

The letter to the Homicide Division was dated Oct. 31, 2012, and was obtained through the filing of a PIA (Public Information Act) request. It reads as follows:

“Dear Lt. Duty:

I have reviewed the investigation in the above-referenced matter and the actions of Officers Twisdale and Heins.  The officers attempted every non-lethal use of force available to subdue the suspect, Joshua Lopez.  As the suspect attempted to remove Officer Twisdale’s handgun, Officer Heins had no choice but to use deadly force.  It is my conclusion that the shooting of Lopez was justified.  The conduct of Officer Heins was well within the law and necessary to protect both officers’ lives. Accordingly, this office will not take any further action.”

The letter was signed by Robin S. Coffin, Deputy State’s Attorney for Baltimore County.

According to an officer inside the Homicide Division who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the division has been in touch with Mr. Lopez’s father, who is also from Texas and a law enforcement officer.  Mr. Lopez (the father) was invited to come to Baltimore County and meet with investigators.

According to police spokesperson Cpl. Cathy Batton, and a story covered by Patch in the initial reports, incriminating evidence was found in Mr. Lopez's possession.

This blogger spoke to Cpl. Batton who advised that the police located Mr. Lopez’s vehicle and found numerous stolen items including some of which they are still in the process of notifying the owners.

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Buzz Beeler January 06, 2013 at 05:04 AM
You are correct I did uncover misconduct and the case was adjudicated and the rules changed. What I wrote was he truth. Why don't both you craw back into that part of society where you belong or uncover evidence that will prove something contrary to what I wrote. Neither of you have anything to do with this except your obsession with me. Frank your grammar is still atrocious. All you two have become are trolls. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troll_%28Internet%29
Frank January 06, 2013 at 05:05 AM
Here is who you are dealing with: "Look at the article and the documents. I'm sorry, I can't hear the Ha Ha." "You are string up things you should stay out of." " You have had you movement..." "how can you make a conclusion based on some facts when you can't even follow the rules on how to write them if they were indeed the real facts which they are not." "Your gas graph from 1918 does not follow standard protocol for compassion." "You do not start a sentence with the number 2. I can't hear you laughing. This site does not have sound." "My question is why did they let Quirk walk when his business is as a finical adviser. Like Buck said integrity is part of it and I know Quirk who at one time was my finical advisor. What a mistake that was after a buddy checked Morningstar I was shocked on what he did with my money."
Frank January 06, 2013 at 05:11 AM
"You say Mr. Lopez received no innovation to talk..."
Balt Observer January 06, 2013 at 05:17 AM
Looks like a clean and justified shooting. Good job, officers. We owe these fine men a debt of gratitude for protecting the community.
Buzz Beeler January 06, 2013 at 05:17 AM
Who are you and your buddy concerned about me or Mr. Lopez? Your obsession has become a full blown illness and that is sad. You don't care about this family. All you care about is yourselves.
Balt Observer January 06, 2013 at 05:27 AM
Your deranged and pathetic arse that's relegated to confinement in Mom's basement will receive plenty more punishment. Patience, Stanker.
Steve January 06, 2013 at 05:40 AM
"Sergeant Webster testified that Beeler "advised me that the police should leave Mimi alone because he takes care of all of the Parkville Police. I asked him what he meant and he said, you know what I meant."" So what did you mean Beeker?
Steve January 06, 2013 at 05:48 AM
"According to an officer inside the Homicide Division who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the division has been in touch with Mr. Lopez’s father, who is also from Texas and a law enforcement officer. Mr. Lopez (the father) was invited to come to Baltimore County and meet with investigators." More fabrication.
Balt Observer January 06, 2013 at 05:53 AM
There is not a dumber and more disgustingly fetid stench of manure than the one that constantly emanates from the mouth of the "Stank" down in Mom's basement.
Balt Observer January 06, 2013 at 06:04 AM
Bloody stools again, "Stank"?
djp952 January 06, 2013 at 06:06 AM
You aren't seriously calling *other* people Internet Trolls, are you? You may want to re-read that wikipedia article again a bit more closely. You ruin ever single article out here, including the ones you author! [This is the part where you try to insult me, but more than likely reply to the incorrect topic and misspell a few words in your feverish attempt to have the last word ... go ahead, prove me wrong ... I'll be impressed if you can leave something be for a change]
Steve January 06, 2013 at 06:07 AM
Sucks to be a midget doesn't it BO?
Balt Observer January 06, 2013 at 06:11 AM
LMAO...sucks to be a pathetic, scrawny teenager with Walter Mitty-esque fantasies while being exiled in Mom's basement, isn't it "Stank"?
Steve January 06, 2013 at 06:21 AM
......and after you rolled over the entire Parkville Precinct you expect us to believe that someone from the Homicide Division would actually talk to you on the condition of anonymity? What a Maroon! If it, in fact happened the BPD should start an investigation of the Homicide Division. No Homicide Detective would leak secrets to PumpkinHead
Balt Observer January 06, 2013 at 06:40 AM
Wipe the frothy spittle off your face, "Stank". Wait, on the other hand, leave it there. It gives your pathetic, deranged countenance some character. ROTFLMAO
Melissa January 06, 2013 at 06:52 AM
Let me remind you that you weren't present that early morning either... Just in case you have forgotten. I didn't know I had to have the same blood as him to be family. I'll remember that next time. It was murder... And I'll call it whatever I want to. When someone dies at the hands of someone else's action, its murder. Facebook... Lol... About that... I liked your picture. It was pretty. His father hasn't responded because he's been at work. I would know, I'm living with family.
Melissa January 06, 2013 at 07:17 AM
This is joshua's mother....batons to be used below the collar bone and down. My son had strangulation marks ..lumps and indentions and numerous bruises to his face that was Cleary seen through the dark makeup that was used to cover the bruises...I could not touch my sons face because it was reconstructed. Five different scenerios. All different stories. Which should our family believe?
Melissa January 06, 2013 at 07:25 AM
My husband has not been invited by anyone anywhere. Joshua"s car was in Virginia. Sean' s car was found. The other suspects heard the gun shots. An anonymous person witnessed what happened and made a fake facebook page saying don't believe what they are printing. And then another. I am not angry but have a heart to forgive those that do wrong and justify their wrong by fabricating stories. Five different stories told to our family. Our calls have not been all taken. We get the run around.
Michael Lopez January 06, 2013 at 07:42 AM
Buzz, i see all the comments and still do not feel better. Why was my son out at 0215, I do not know. Maybe he could not sleep. He was suppose to spend the night at the friends house he just dropped off. I still would like to know where the other guys are. We have heard so many stories. None of them are alike. Once again, the car belongs to Sean Hensley, not Josh. Sean insisted on Josh taking his car. Huh, wonder why. This was my sons first time in this area, so you cant blame him for all the crime in the area. I guess the police are not up with the times in this area, because they do not have dash cams or tasers. Batons are old. But yet the police beat the crap out of my son, pepper sprayed him and still he got two shots in the head. Oh yeah, he was unarmed. We will get the truth out and than we will rest, but not til than. To the Officers, I'm sorry for your cuts and scrapes. I hope they heal quickly, because ours won't. I understand the job and the dangers, so please don't think I'm unaware of what you do. But I do know, there are right ways and wrong ways to do the job. If you hide behind the badge and think you can do anything and not get caught, one day the badge will break. The truth will come out and I pray it will be good. If not I will live with that, but right now we just want the true answers and not all the stories that are different in every way. Also, justifying 2 shots to the head for not answering questions sounds kinda gangster to me. Just speaking.
Melissa January 06, 2013 at 07:43 AM
Also I (his mother) plan to visit the very spot if was shot in. Bring a bucket or two, scrub brushes and cleaning materials to cleanup any blood that people were so disgusted by. I want the truth and will go through whatever it takes to find out what really happened that night. I friend requested you for you to get to know our family and where Joshua came from. To read our day to day before and after josh's death. I spoke on the phone that day with Joshua as he was driving about his soon to be nuptials...in fact he spoke with us all that day. A man that as a boy never was insubordinate and stayed home on the weekends and held down three jobs at one time in his life. After almost four years in the navy decides to become combative with an officer. No dash cam? I want to pictures of my dead sons body and the pictures of the officer in the struggle. He would have blood splattered on him and possibly brain matter. He had gloves but they found fingerprints?which is it ?
Melissa January 06, 2013 at 07:51 AM
I along with my family (MRS. LOPEZ) would love to look the officer in the eye and forgive him. But we would like one story..the truth....we have been told five different things of what happened that night. As far as fb goes....for once get to know the people behind Joshua. For a moment think how you would feel if someone died in your family and you were different things. Would you ant answers and proof?I
Melissa January 06, 2013 at 07:57 AM
There' s been collections and donations taken up from some of his shipmates parents that want to help us discover the entire truth.....and two networks are interested coverage of the story...five scenerios....why not one story ...why the five?
Balt Observer January 06, 2013 at 01:46 PM
Bottom line: if you act suspiciously and in a thuggish manner, get in a fight with the police, and then repeatedly attempt to pull a gun from an officer then you're taking your life into your own hands. That's what happened here.
1ke January 06, 2013 at 01:47 PM
And here he comes to the rescue in Buzz's hour of need. All too ready to dish out a good dose of... Why does he always talk about that?
1ke January 06, 2013 at 01:53 PM
Buzz, truly this was none of your business and the public's need to know was satisfied by the District Attorney's statement. Anything that you did to involve these grieving people in your online hallucination was just plain and simple WRONG.
Balt Observer January 06, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Ah, the "Stank's" hospice dwelling loverboy rushing to his rescue. Has the "Stank" changed your blown out diaper lately, Ike?
Balt Observer January 06, 2013 at 02:01 PM
It's just another crime story and people are free to talk about it, Ike. You're even free to talk about your blown out diaper down there in the hospice ward.
1ke January 06, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Mimmio, a good Irish name. Wonder Mimmio or his kin were ever treated as illegals? Likely, until they invested in the Parkville Precinct.
1ke January 06, 2013 at 03:48 PM
It's not news, eh, until some creep posts it on the Web? Glad to see B.O. Plenty is back. Since I envision you as a member of a nasty little pack, his presence adds a certain symmetry to the portrait.
alishajohn March 27, 2013 at 11:27 AM
Start your next row at the wall where you have ended the first row. Lay the first plank to start the second row. Line up the wall end and, depending on how you have laid the first row. http://www.flooringblog.eu


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