A shooting in Catonsville, Md., left a Baltimore County police tactical officer dead Wednesday morning while serving a high-risk search warrant.
The police officer was identified as 36-year-old Jason Schneider, a 13-year veteran of the force, the Baltimore Sun reported
. Schneider was shot several times while he and other officers went room-to-room in the home, according to police.
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Schneider returned fire and shot a suspect, who remains in critical condition. Police did not disclose the suspect’s name.
There had been several shootings in the neighborhood, CBS Baltimore reported.
Neighbors told CBS Baltimore that the home
where the shooting took place was very disruptive with up to 20 teens living there.
Schneider, who leaves behind a wife and two children, was “a leader within that unit,” says Chief James W. Johnson. “It's a terrible loss for Baltimore County. His noble work is greatly appreciated," the police chief said, CBS Baltimore reported.
An investigation is underway on the source of the guns and other circumstances of the shooting, Johnson said.
"During a well-prepared police event, Officer Schneider was killed in the line of duty and we deeply mourn his loss," said County Executive Kevin Kamenetz in a statement. "I can only tell you that we don't always appreciate what our police do for us every day but it's times like this when we know how grateful we are for their bravery and their sacrifice."
"He did what he and every other police officer in this department do: Put his uniform on and risked his life to protect our county," Kamenetz said, according to WBAL-TV 11
Kamenetz asked all county residents to pray for Schneider’s family and called the slain officer one of the county's "quiet heroes."
On Wednesday, Gov. Martin O’Malley ordered the Maryland state flag flown at half-staff in honor of Schneider.
The last fatal shooting of a Baltimore County police officer happened in 2000.
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