Baltimore County police perform medical aid on a man who set his home on fire and killed three people before officers arrived. Screenshot from Baltimore County Police Department body-worn camera footage.
A caller to 911 said a man was shooting his neighbors and that a house had “exploded.” The first officer on the scene was immediately fired upon.
As officers arrived at a May 8 call in Baltimore, they found an almost unbelievably chaotic scene of a townhome fully engulfed in flames and a man shooting at them as soon as they exited their cars.
Body-camera video released by the Baltimore County Police Department shows how officers had to react in a split second, shooting and killing 56-year-old Everton Brown. By the time Brown shot at the first officer, police said, he had already killed three neighbors and set fire to his house.
The first officer, who is identified by the last name Irwin, takes cover, then hits Brown with a single shot, knocking him down, within seconds of arriving. As more officers arrive, they fire more shots, concluding in a volley of close to a dozen.
Watch the full video below, with 911 audio and body-cam footage.
Warning: This video contains images of a fatal shooting and multiple deceased bodies.
Joshua Skovlund is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die. He has covered the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, multinational military exercises in Germany, and civil unrest during the 2020 riots in Minneapolis. Born and raised in small-town South Dakota, he grew up playing football and soccer before serving as a forward observer in the US Army. After leaving the service, he worked as a personal trainer while earning his paramedic license. After five years as in paramedicine, he transitioned to a career in multimedia journalism. Joshua is married with two children. His creative outlets include Skovlund Photography and Concentrated Emotion.
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