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Police Identify Victim, Officer Involved in Dundalk Shooting

Joshua Michael Lopez, 22, of La Marque, Texas, died when he was shot by Baltimore County Police Department Officer Heins of the North Point Precinct.

Baltimore County police Monday identified a man shot and killed by police in Dundalk Sunday morning, as well the officer who fired his weapon.

The man, identified as Joshua Michael Lopez, 22, of La Marque, Texas, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The officer who fired his weapon is Officer Heins, an 11-and-a-half-year veteran of the department, currently assigned to North Point Precinct 12.

Baltimore County police do not release the first names of officers involved in shooting incidents.

Officers were dispatched to the intersection of Seaside Road and Dunmanway, near the entrance of Merritt Point Park, to check on reports on several people with backpacks walking toward the trailer park, according to police spokeswoman Cpl. Cathy Batton.

Officers found one man matching that description in the 7800 block of Seaside Road.

While the officers were interviewing the man, he became combative. One officer and the suspect began to struggle on the ground, according to a statement from Batton.

The officer felt the suspect pulling on his gun belt, attempting to take his weapon. A second officer used pepper spray on the suspect, but that did not stop him.

"Fearing for their safety, the second officer then discharged his weapon, striking the subject," according to the statement.

Lopez was allegedly carrying stolen property, according to police.

Heins, who has not been involved in any previous police-involved shootings, has been placed on routine administrative leave, according to the statement.

Nick Haas October 15, 2012 at 11:16 AM
SEE what you YANKEES fail to realize is you sound retarded. I know how cops are and they murdered my friend. The last time he was down and I got to see him guess what we did we to guitar center and BOUGHT strings because that's what josh does BUYS things he had 8 grand he never said hey Haas lets go break into cars of course fucking not because he wasn't like that one thing is for sure this is one sided for sure and "ca" the comment about his blood being left there I hope he haunts the shit out of you for the rest of your life...
Buck Harmon October 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM
So what's happening with this case right now?
Jay Fitzgerald October 16, 2012 at 01:07 AM
Investigations take time to come to a final conclusion. Sadly all those involved continue to be affected. The neighborhood is understandably jumpy with all the venom spewed towards them FOR looking out for one another from strangers breaking into their property. They're saddened to know a young man died making a series of poor choices and that his family and friends are heartbroken. One neighbor came home from work to find several small American flags near where Josh died. They were left alone out of respect and then by morning someone else had come and removed them...again even this made it sadder. Another neighbor there has family in the Navy and the police departments but they especially understand loss and the need to fully evaluate all the evidence surrounding the events before people were forced to call 911 in the first place.
Buzz Beeler October 16, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Jay, I would error on the side of caution. Many times small inconsequential observations can be crucial. It's best to call just to make sure on either side. Leave no stone unturned. The public is not trained to make those kinds of decisions. All evidence is important.
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