BALTIMORE COUNTY — The Baltimore County state’s attorneys office said last week that the police officer involved in a fatal shooting at Duke’s Motel in Rosedale will not face criminal charges.
Officer McCampbell shot Dundalk man Kareem Omar Morgan, 43, after he opened fire during the July 6 shootout. Robin Coffin, the deputy state’s attorney for Baltimore County, said in a letter to Police Chief Melissa Hyatt that the shooting was “justified.”
The stand-off began on the western side of Baltimore County before ending in deadly gunfire in Rosedale. Officials said that officers were called to the 1700 block of Winding Brook Way in Windsor Mill at approximately 5 a.m. on Saturday for the reported shooting of a 37-year-old woman.
Morgan was reportedly the woman’s ex-boyfriend, and he forced his way into the house, officials said. After the forced entry, there was a physical altercation. It was then the woman was shot in the lower body.
Police department officials told local media that the suspect then fled the scene, and information was developed that pinpointed the suspect as possibly being located at Duke’s Motel in Rosedale, on the 7900 block of Pulaski Highway.
After securing search and arrest warrants in relation to the shooting in Windsor Mill, officials said they began to execute those warrants for Morgan at the motel. Officers secured the motel itself, then descended on the room where they believed Morgan was in hiding. Officials said the suspect was the only occupant of the Rosedale motel room at the time they executed their warrants. A gun was reportedly recovered among the contents of the room.
“Our tactical officers became engaged in an exchange of gunfire at the room where we believed that that suspect was located,” said Baltimore County Police Department’s public information officer Jennifer Peach to local media at the scene. “During that exchange, the suspect inside was killed.”
No officers or anyone else were injured, police said.
Morgan was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Coffin’s July 15 letter to Chief Hyatt gives more details on the event:
“I have reviewed the events surrounding the shooting of Kareem Morgan,” Coffin wrote.
“On July 6, 2019, at 5:00 a.m., Morgan broke into his estranged girlfriend, Rashawna Jenkins’ home with a handgun. There was a struggle over the gun and Ms. Jenkins was shot in the knee. Morgan fled the location in Jenkins’ car. This car was seen outside the Dukes Motel. It was determined that Morgan was in room 122. A search warrant was obtained for room 122. Because it was known that Morgan was armed with a handgun, the warrant was a no‐knock and executed by the tactical unit. The body worn camera footage captures the entry into the room. Morgan fired a shot before the tactical unit removes the curtain.”
Coffin said that once the curtain is removed, Morgan could be seen pointing a handgun police officers.
“Morgan fired four rounds at the Officers,” the letter said. “The shooting of Morgan by Officer McCampbell was justified to protect the lives of all of the Officers. Accordingly, this office will take no further action.”