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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 27, 2012 at 04:09 AM
Evets, don't bother he won't reply. This followup article says the suspect approached the officers car and began shooting. The officer was hit and fired in self defense. I know what the academy teaches in the use of deadly force. The policy changed when I was still on the streets. The original policy allowed you to shot a fleeing felon. It was changed to using deadly force to protect your life or that of another. Steve has no respect that's why he can't spell. It is what it is. http://parkville.patch.com/articles/investigation-reveals-shot-officers-weapon-fired
Steve December 27, 2012 at 04:15 AM
"Kids and guns don't mix." Neither do Bitter Old White Guys with anger management issues.
Buzz Beeler December 27, 2012 at 04:19 AM
Evets, read some of my blogs on Dundak/Patch and the Sun Talk Board, and look at my background in reporting. I never write something unless I used published reports and documents. I always do my research. I've been doing this for longer than you are probably are old. I had 39 years with the county police force. My writing and reporting background goes back to the early 80's and includes work with the Sun and the Hearst Corporation's Baltimore News American.
Steve December 27, 2012 at 04:23 AM
39 years without a promotion. How was Tamika's Christmas? What did you buy her Beeker?
Buzz Beeler December 27, 2012 at 04:32 AM
Why do you insist on capitalizing everything? You still don't get it. Evets, if the officer used his weapon to clear the street he would have been charged with a crime. I explained to you when he police are allowed to use their weapons and this case was not one of them until he was shot at. Do you think they would have arrested this kid for no reason and charged him with the crimes they did if they did not investigate the entire incident. He isn't in jail for his health. Steve, at least this bitter old white guy is legal. I don't get angry, the facts speak for themselves. Now why don't you go out Towson and tell them Steve said they got it all wrong and on your investigation you demand you buddy's release and when your done that come back and tell us all about it.
Dennis Gilpin December 27, 2012 at 04:34 AM
Evets, Why was that kid carrying a weapon in the first place.? After that the kids life has changed drastically. He could have been killed and he could have killed somebody. I know a friend of mine who came up to a group of guys blocking the street . He "respectfully" asked them to move, They put a gun in his face and made him wait. I guess we should accept this. ? These type of people expect us to.
Buzz Beeler December 27, 2012 at 04:51 AM
Dennis, not sure about Evets, but people like Steve have issues. Dennis, with people like Steve your wasting your breath. He has a great deal of issues to deal with. He uses several AKA's and will never answer a question? He has had numerous comments deleted for violation of the terms of use. What you see is what you get. Tamika is doing just fine. The man who asked sexual favors of her and and taped another girl isn't doing so good. He was fired and charged with a crime. Of course I figured you would side with the offender rather than the victim. Steve has a problem with me because I did something with my life. When I did a blog on a Maj. from Dundalk killed in the war he used a AKA to put the article that paid tribute to the deceased solider down. Like I said he has issues. Evets if you are who you claim to be if you can't see what this is then Mr. Gilpin and I can't help you. Like I said the suspect is in jail charged with attempted first degree murder.
Steve December 27, 2012 at 05:10 AM
"Tamika is doing just fine." What did you buy her for Christmas, Beeker? You played a big part in getting her fired. Flinging Monkey Poo has a consequence. Do you want me to bring up the post where they bragged about spitting lugey's in their Supervisor's coffee cup? Nice people you pal around with....
Buzz Beeler December 27, 2012 at 05:35 AM
I don't care what post you bring up. First of all, as always you are wrong. Your are always wrong. She was not fired. She was on medical leave the same as the other victim. The one who got fired was the one charged with as crime, her boss. As always you in way over your head. I have nothing to do whit personal issues within the office or what he said or she said issues. The blog focused on the filing of the EEOC complaint with was formal and the man was charged with a crime on the other matter. You make a fool of yourself when you don't know what you're talking about. The second blog referred to her being transferred only. I only deal with facts and those facts dealt with what the blogs stated not what someone wrote in a comment. You always get in way over your head and put your foot in your mouth. Tomkia came to me with her story and I wrote based on the facts that were provided including the charging documents
Steve December 27, 2012 at 05:51 AM
You can take the Alcohol out of Fruitcake but it's still a Fruitcake. Way to go Buzz! You make Dundalk Proud!
Steve December 27, 2012 at 05:55 AM
" I don't care what post you bring up. First of all, as always you are wrong. Your are always wrong. She was not fired." Do you even remember your own Blogs?? http://dundalk.patch.com/blog_posts/victim-of-sexual-harassment-case-in-county-fired-over-the-phone
Buzz Beeler December 27, 2012 at 01:32 PM
You were correct. That was the finial blog that I wrote. I talked to Tomika numerous times during the day and night over this entire issue. It was her wishes to come forward with her story and put a stop to this man which she did. She was on medical leave for a while before they fired her. That VA hospital you rave about almost let my brother bleed to death over the holidays and yes I did forget about the third blog on her story. I will tell you I would not want to be in the county's shoes legally after taking that action. She told me that there was no way she could go back to that environment and work. That is why the law refers to it as a hostile work environment. Yes I forgot about that part of the story and admit it because I am truthful. I stand up and come forward with my mistakes, while you on the other hand continue to hide like some scared child in the shadows. Don't you remember your statement on the FD hiring a full class of vets in the county concerning my blog. Where is your information on that or don't you remember. Before you criticize others look at your own image in the mirror. The Other Tim was right about your false and misleading statements on this shooting or don't you read the other news on the shooting as I posted above. The pot calling the kettle black. Tomika did what she had to do.
Tink1967 December 27, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I wish you all would shut up and look at the guy! He looks like an animal. Our neighborhoods used to be nice! Thanks to "them" it's not safe anywhere!
1ke December 27, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Post your picture so that I have something to compare it to. The fellow looks like just folks to me. He is likely not too pleased to be having a mug shot taken.
Buzz Beeler December 27, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Tink1967, it is easy for you to say things because you do not use a real name. Would you say what you said using your real name. Would Steve say the same things using his real name - I don't think so. If we all shut up who are you going to comment to. Most people realize what took place and if they are wrong the investigation will reveal that.
M.E December 27, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Now that I have wasted 5-10 minutes of my life reading through the comments on here. I would like to say a few things: Thank you to Sanchez and TaylorRae for your input (especially Sanchez). To Tink1967 and Steve, you might want to consider some psychiatric help for your anger and bigotry issues. Plus Steve, you might want to consider taking some remedial English courses. I am not insulting your intelligence but the concept of if you don't use it you lose it is true. Obviously you have not worked on parts of speech in quite awhile
Steve December 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
My name is Steve, Beeker. Nice post Joe.
Buzz Beeler December 27, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Now there's someone who knows of which they speak.
Buzz Beeler December 27, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Your name is Robert Armstrong, AKA Adam Baum, AkA, Steve. Mr. M.E must know you reputation which is rather lacking. You still can't spell.
Steve December 27, 2012 at 09:55 PM
LOL You're one to talk about spelling. You're illiterate.
Steve December 27, 2012 at 09:58 PM
.....I am just glad someone showed you how to use Spell Check. Trying to read Buzzbonics was painful.
Buzz Beeler December 27, 2012 at 10:05 PM
My name was not mentioned as the illiterate one, just yours. Why all the dots before the start of your sentence?
Buzz Beeler December 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Steve is a her, or did you hit the reply button by mistake? Were you referring to my name which is not spelled "Buzzbonics". You are correct he or she still can't get it right. It's spelled Buzz!
1ke December 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM
No, Buzz, I am Adam Baum. Remember from back in the day, before you were open-minded and nurturing?
1ke December 27, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Score for M.E. One sentence fragment Four comma errors Two stylistic problems: 1. the use of "plus", a mathematical term, instead of a more appropriate transition and 2. the use of "a while" is preferred when the term is used with a preposition However, I do not regard these as a major problem in informal writing.
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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