Arnold, MD (Arundel.News & AAFA)- Police are providing few additional details in the case that put multiple schools on lockdown and frightened an entire community. In the latest release from Anne Arundel County Police, no charges have been filed after a report of an armed subject in camouflage wandering around shooting animals sent schools, parents and law enforcement into high alert Monday morning. The incident began when a woman called 911 after encountering a male wearing a "camo style" jacket carrying a gun in the woods near Hilltop Road and Blue Ridge Drive.
The situation ramped up considerably as officers canvassed the area for the subject. According to a release of information from police, an officer was sitting inside his vehicle on the perimeter of that search, when he heard a loud "pop" that resulted in a shattered back window. Multiple schools in the area were placed on lockdown status for several hours as the situation resolved. Hours after the incident began, a post from Anne Arundel County Public Schools reported that Broadneck High School and Cape St. Claire Elementary School had eventually resumed normal operations and schools would continue with after school activities.
Detectives from Anne Arundel County Police were able to identify the 18 year old "subject" based off information from the witness who spoke to him in the woods. According to Anne Arundel County Police, the "subject" openly admitted to shooting a pellet gun in the woods and having a conversation about "shooting critters" with the complainant, to detectives. The pellet gun was recovered, but the cause of the shattered window is still unknown. Police say that at this point the shattered glass appears to be an "unrelated circumstance." No charges have been filed in the case, and police do not believe there is any threat to public safety.
Read the full release of information from Anne Arundel County Police below:
"On September 13, 2021, officers responded to the area of Blue Ridge Drive and Hilltop Road in Cape St. Claire for the report of an armed subject in the woods. The complainant advised she was walking in the woods when she came across a subject carrying a revolver with a wooden handle in his right hand. She described the subject as a 15 to 17-year-old white male, 5 feet 5 inches, in a brown and white camo-style jacket. She asked him what he was doing, and he advised that he was shooting animals. The complainant walked home and immediately called 911. Numerous officers, detectives, and specialty units converged on the area, set up a perimeter, and began a methodical search. One of the officers on the perimeter was sitting in his vehicle when he heard a loud “pop,” and his rear windshield shattered. The vehicle was in park, and the officer did not see anyone when the window shattered. Through investigative means, detectives developed a person of interest yesterday afternoon and interviewed him yesterday evening. The 18-year-old male stated he was shooting a pellet gun in the woods and admitted to speaking with the original complainant. Detectives located the handgun, which was confirmed to be a pellet gun. Detectives are still investigating what caused the window to shatter, at this point it is believed to be an unrelated circumstance. No charges have been filed, and there is no believed public safety threat. Anyone with any information is asked to call 410-222-6145 or the TipLine at 410-222-4700. We want to thank the community and our school partners for their patience and support while sorting through this chaotic scene. We also want to thank the outside agencies that responded and assisted with searches."