Baltimore County, Maryland — The Baltimore County Police Department released the body-worn camera video from the May 16 officer-involved shooting of an armed 29-year-old man in the unit block of Skipjack Court. The suspect is identified as Robert Johnson Jr (29) of the unit block of Championship Court, 21117. Police Officer First Class Knight, a 24-year veteran of the force, responded to a call for a nuisance at 10:42 p.m involving a crowd of people in the parking lot in the unit block of Skipjack Court, 21221. When Knight arrived, he saw a green Buick being driven erratically by Robert Johnson Jr. The Buick had struck several parked cars in the area. Officer Knight called for backup as he tried to make contact with Johnson.
As Johnson exited the vehicle, he dropped what appeared to be a handgun, but then immediately retrieved it. Commands given by Officer Knight were ignored and the officer then fired at the suspect. The suspect then began to flee from the officer toward other townhomes, police said. Knight again fired at Johnson, this time striking him. He then immediately called for medics. Once the scene was secure, they gave Johnson aid and he was taken to Shock Trauma, where he later died. Officer Knight has been cleared of any criminal charges by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office. Officer Knight is presently on routine administrative leave.