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Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Search continues for armed suspect who attacked speed camera vehicle


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5:35 p.m. Update: Maryland State Police say the search is still ongoing Wednesday night for a suspect who attacked a speed zone enforcement vehicle earlier in the day while carrying a shotgun and a hammer.

No one was injured in the incident, although it shut down the Baltimore-Washington Parkway for several hours while police from several agencies conducted a search.

The man is described as a white male, 60-65 years old, 5 foot 8, weighing 150 pounds, and having gray hair. His shirt is now described as being red and blue, possibly flannel.

Anyone who sees the suspect is urged to call 911, or the Maryland State Police Glen Burnie Barracks at 410-761-5130.

4 p.m. Update: State police said they have not apprehended anyone.

2:55 p.m. Update: The State Highway Administration just tweeted that the BW Parkway is open, and state traffic reporting services list all lanes as open.

2:45 p.m. Update: At about 11:30 a.m., a contractor for the Maryland State Highway Administration was parked in a white Jeep next to a guard rail on I-295. The Jeep had speed cameras affixed to it to catch speeders going through the construction zone, said Maryland State Police spokesman Greg Shipley:

A man came out of the woods with a shotgun and a hammer and began tapping on the rear of the Jeep with the shotgun, Shipley said. The worker became frightened and started blowing his horn.

“The suspect then came to the front of the Jeep and began yelling incoherently and smashing the windshield with the hammer,” Shipley said.

The windshield shattered, but nobody was injured, he said.

The worker got out of the car and crouched by the guard rail for cover. the man with the hammer and gun left.

“The suspect disappeared into the wooded area,” Shipley said. “We’re still looking for him.”

Shipley said I-295 will be closed until further notice.

— Allison Klein

2:23 p.m. Overview: State police and local authorities are searching for an armed suspect in the woods around BW Parkway and Interstate 195, leading to the closure of the parkway in both directions.

Southbound traffic is being diverted at Interstate 695. Northbound traffic is being diverted at MD 100. State police said the parkway will be closed until further notice.

State police said law enforcement began receiving calls about 11:30 a.m. about a man armed with either a shotgun or a rifle in the a rea.

No one was reported injured, state police said in a statement.

“It is not known if shots were fired,” the statement said. “It is believed the suspect may have used a hammer to break out windows of a vehicle parked near the location.”

Police describe the suspect as a white male, 50 to 60 years old, wearing a black and red flannel shirt and blue jeans.

A search is ongoing with officers on foot, K-9 units and helicopters, state police said.

Images from the scene depict an intensive search, with officers on foot, K-9 units, armored vehicles and helicopters responding to the scene.

One image from WBAL’s Sky Team 11 shows a Jeep SUV parked off the road behind a guard rail with damage to the passenger side of the windshield. The insignia on the driver’s door of the vehicle indicates the SUV is part of the Maryland SafeZones automated speed camera program. Police said earlier that “the suspect may have used a hammer to break out windows of a vehicle parked near the location.”

Maryland State Police and the State Highway Administration announced last year that they were deploying speed cameras in the area. The posted speed through the work zone is 55 mph. Under state law drivers exceeding the speed limit by 12 mph are fined. The fine is $40 for each violation.

The work zone is in place as the parkway is widened from I-195 to I-695. The $12 million project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2012.

Interstate 195 is the main exit from the parkway to Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport and the BWI Amtrak/MARC Station. The Maryland Department of Transportation headquarters is also in the area. The airport and other facilities are still accessible by using Interstate 97, or using Interstate 95 to access I-195.

BWI airport is not affected. Parking areas at the airport are open and there are no flight delays, BWI officials said. However, they warn that road closures may affect your ability to get to the facility, so you may want to consider the alternate routes.

2 p.m. Update: The search continues in the area around BW Parkway and I-195 for an armed suspect.

BWI airport officials warn that road closures may affect your ability to get to the facility, so you may want to consider alternate routes, such as Interstates 97 or 195. The airport itself is not affected. Parking areas at the airport are open and there are no flight delays, BWI officials said.

1:25 p.m. Update: WBAL’s Sky Team 11 has images from the scene.

One image shows a Jeep SUV parked off the road behind a guard rail with damage to the passenger side of the windshield. The insignia on the driver’s door of the vehicle indicates the SUV is part of the Maryland SafeZones automated speed camera program. Police said earlier that “the suspect may have used a hammer to break out windows of a vehicle parked near the location.”

Maryland State Police and the State Highway Administration announced last year that they were deploying speed cameras in the area. The posted speed through the work zone is 55 mph. Under state law drivers exceeding the speed limit by 12 mph are fined. The fine is $40 for each violation.

The parkway is being widened from I-195 to I-695. The $12 million project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2012.

1:15 p.m. Update: Southbound traffic is being diverted at West Nursery Road. Northbound traffic is being diverted at MD 100.

12:40 p.m. Update: Maryland State and Anne Arundel County police are looking for an armed suspect near the intersection of the BW Parkway (MD 295) and Interstate 195, authorities said.

State police said law enforcement began receiving calls about 11:30 a.m. about a man armed with either a shotgun or a rifle in the a rea.

State police said no one has been injured, and “It is not known if shots were fired. It is believed the suspect may have used a hammer to break out windows of a vehicle parked near the location.”

Police describe the suspect as a white male, 50 to 60 years old, wearing a black and red flannel shirt and blue jeans.

A search is ongoing with officers on foot, K-9 units and helicopters, state police said.

Original post: The Baltimore-Washington Parkway (Maryland 295) is closed in both directions at Interstate 195 due to police activity, according to reports from the Maryland Department of Transportation.

I-195 is the main exit from the parkway to Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport and the BWI Amtrak/MARC Station. The Maryland Department of Transportation headquarters is also in the area. The airport and other facilities are still accessible by using Interstate 97, or using Interstate 95 to access I-195.

Check back for more details.

By Washington Post Editors  |  01:40 PM ET, 07/06/2011

Categories:  Maryland

 
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