Police Name Officer Who Shot and Killed Sword-Wielding Man
Officer Artson, a 17-year Baltimore County Police veteran, was named as the officer who shot and killed Ronald Melvin Cox Jr. on July 12.
Baltimore County Police have named the officer involved in a shooting that left a sword-wielding man in Reisterstown dead Thursday night.
Officer Artson, a 17-year veteran assigned to the police tactical unit, shot and killed Ronald Melvin Cox Jr. in an upstairs bedroom in a house on the 400 block of Highmeadow Road in Reisterstown after Cox struck his bunker, a type of shield, with a sword, according to a Baltimore County Police news release.
The department does not release the first names of officers involved in shootings.
Artson was placed on administrative leave after the shooting, pending review of the incident, police said.
Police entered the home serving an attempted murder warrant and encountered no one on the first floor. They went up to the second floor, and upon entering a bedroom, Cox swung a large sword at the first officer who entered the room, damaging his bunker. The officer fired shots at Cox to stop the attack, the news release said. Cox was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:46 p.m.
The two suspects police were seeking were in another bedroom, and placed under arrest for the attempted murder of a Reisterstown teen.