A grand jury has decided not to charge a Baltimore County cop who shot a theft suspect during a vehicular pursuit in Rosedale earlier this month.
The officer, identified by Baltimore County police as Officer First Class McCain on July 3, was cleared after the jury reviewed body worn camera video from the scene and other information from police, according to a release from Baltimore County State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger’s office.
McCain, who has been working for the department for more than 17 years, fired upon a Chevy Tahoe on July 3, striking 38-year-old Micah Tucker in the arm. Tucker, of Baltimore, was a passenger in the car being driven by 32-year-old Robyn Slack, of Cedmont, police said.
Police’s narrative of the incident goes as follows: Someone called from a Walgreen’s in Parkville that day to report a man had stolen several items and fled in a blue Tahoe. McCain responded and attempted to stop the SUV, but it kept going. He followed the SUV down to Pulaski Highway in Rosedale, colliding twice with the car twice in the process. The second time, McCain got out and, after Slack “ignored several commands” to get out, he shot at the car several times. Slack then kept driving westbound on Pulaski Highway until she eventually pulled over and surrendered to police near North Point Road.
Tucker faces two counts of theft of less than $100, while Slack faces the same charges plus second-degree assault, according to court records. After being treated for his gunshot wound, Tucker was released on his own recognizance. Slack remains held without bail at the Baltimore County Detention Center.
Police suspended McCain with pay, the department has said it will launch an internal investigation. Reached by email, a Baltimore County police spokesman said he would check on the status of McCain’s suspension.
This was at least the second time McCain has shot a shoplifting suspect within a year. In August 2017, he fatally shot Christopher Clapp, 35, who was accused of stealing detergent from a Giant in Catonsville. McCain was off-duty at the time and working a second job as security for the store.
Prosecutors in that case also declined to charge McCain, citing witness accounts and security footage from the store. Police said Clapp had dragged McCain with his car while attempting to get away.
McCain was also involved in a non-fatal shooting as an officer in 2006, police said.
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