Off-duty Baltimore Co. police officer shot in Overlea

An off-duty Baltimore County police officer was shot in Overlea early this morning as he attempted to disperse a large group of people blocking traffic on a residential street, police said.

Police said the incident began as the officer was driving near Dale Avenue and Danville Road around 3:20 a.m. There, the officer encountered a large group of people blocking the street, according to police.

"He stopped his vehicle and asked them to move so he could pass," police said. 

A man emerged from the crowd with a gun and fired several shots into the officer's car, striking him twice, officers said.

The officer was taken to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center with non-life threatening injuries. He has since been released, police said.

Police did not immediately release the officer's name. Investigators said they believe that the incident was "random and the officer was not targeted." 

The Maryland Transportation Authority Police union posted a message on Facebook praying for a "speedy recovery" for the officer.

Baltimore County police are investigating. Police noted they received a call at 3:17 a.m. for a fight at Dale Avenue and Kenwood Avenue and then a second call at 3:24 a.m. for the shooting.

Luke.Broadwater@baltsun.com

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