Unarmed Black Man Killed by Baltimore Police Officer After a Domestic Call

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An unarmed man was charged by Baltimore County police officers in Owings Mills on early Thursday while responding to a report of domestic violence at a home they had visited more than a dozen times over the past three years.

Police informed that Spencer Lee McCain, 41 died at about 8 a.m. Jim Johnson Baltimore County Police Chief said officers believed McCain was armed. They did not find a weapon on him. Police received a 911 call about a possible domestic disturbance at the condominium in the 3000 block of Hunting Ridge Drive in Owings Mills shortly after 1 a.m., Johnson said.

He further said that a 10-year-old child who lived at the home called a grandmother, who dialed 911. The first officer to arrive knowing about the history of domestic violence calls at the home. Officers were responding to the calls from the same address since 2012. They received a call from the same home about 17 times, that is including several reports of fighting. Johnson informed that on Thursday, the first officer heard the screams for help coming from the home. Three officers, “fearing that someone was in imminent danger of injury or death,” forced their way into the home, he said.

When officers went inside, they encountered a man in a ‘defensive position’ making movements that led officers to believe he had a weapon. Johnson informed that the man was later identified as McCain. He would not elaborate on the man’s actions or why police believed he was armed. Johnson informed that all three officers fired a… MORE

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