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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.

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.

Read more about the party that led to an officer being shot: Investigation Reveals Shot Officer's Weapon Fired

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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Buzz Beeler December 28, 2012 at 03:05 AM
1ke, I'm always open minded. I wished you a Merry Christmas after FIFA, remember. I do acknowledge you were the first to do so. Ditto on the grammar but I would suggest a Exclamatory Sentence. That leaves 23 grammatical dissertations left. Frank you were referring to the correct spelling of a name remember?
Buzz Beeler December 28, 2012 at 03:16 AM
M.E I saw your comments in my inbox. Don't worry, you did not use a name. You are safe. 1ke was referring to me on the grammar issue. We do this all the time. You are not in the middle of anything. We all act like children. I do it because I'm 65 with no family and still like to write. I don't always bash the government like this story I just did. http://dundalk.patch.com/blog_posts/this-christmas-its-yes-sir-and-semper-fi-a1afe6c1 I always wanted to interview a teacher for a blog. They talk but don't want it on record even though I don't use names. Things like we do go on all the time. It's a whole new world of instant communication. Your are not in the middle of anything. You are using a pseudonym. Don't worry about it. You should continue to talk about you being a teacher and you can do so without any worries. Your perspective would be interesting.
Needaname December 28, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Obama does have a son, according the Michelle his name is Bo.
donald loetz December 29, 2012 at 05:09 AM
free young mike people dont know the real story they (mike)were outside in the street because people were trying to fight them and the offduty cop got out his car with the gun wavein it in the air not once statein he was a cop tellin them to get out the street mike thought it was just a readom guy with a gun so he feard for his life that way he started shootin he dident really mean to do it if the cop would of stated he was a cop just like everybody else he had the gun for protection.. stay good yo donald loetz
Renee Girl January 18, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Sad story. What happened to the off duty officer? Okay?

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