Man Shot and Killed After Attacking Police With Sword

Police shot and killed Ronald Melvin Cox Jr. in Reisterstown Thursday night after he attacked an officer with a sword.

UPDATED (2:59 p.m.)—Baltimore County Police officers shot and killed a Reisterstown man last night after he attacked police with a sword while they were serving a warrant.

Ronald Melvin Cox Jr., 48, of the 400 block of Highmeadow Road, was pronounced dead at the scene in his home at 11:46 p.m. Thursday, according to a news release.

Officers were at the home at 11:40 p.m. to serve a search warrant in connection with an attempted murder case. As officers entered an upstairs bedroom, Cox swung a large sword at one of the officers and hit the bunker the offer was carrying. The officer, a 17-year veteran in the tactical unit, opened fire to stop the attack, striking Cox, the news release said.

Cox was pronounced dead at the scene, and his body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy. The name of the officer involved in the shooting has not been released, and he has been placed on administrative leave pending a review of the incident. The investigation is ongoing, police said.

No one was home at the scene on Friday afternoon, and neighbors who were home declined to comment on the incident. The street was quiet, and there were no visible signs that a shooting had taken place the night before.

One neighbor told WBAL Radio she thought firecrackers were going off.

"This is really a quiet neighborhood, so it was really scary," Angie Gullett, a neighbor, told WBAL Radio.

melinda July 13, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Don't the officers have nunchuks or a flash light....not always a gun?
Michael July 13, 2012 at 05:06 PM
What a moronic question. You respond to lethal force with lethal force. A sword has greater reach than any weapon a police officer has, except for his sidearm.
Adam Thomas July 13, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Agreed. Some people are WAAAY too sensitive. This guy was in on an attempted murder he had apparently no remorse for since he tried to slice up officers with a SWORD. They responded to lethal force, with lethal force. I'm glad they didn't get hurt and I'm glad that I'm not paying for this guy's jail stint.
Christina July 13, 2012 at 06:36 PM
These officers want to go home to their families at the end of the night... So when they are attacked with a sword they are definitely NOT going to pull out their flashlight!
Adam Thomas July 14, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Hey Nunya, when police execute a search warrant they scream POLICE POLICE GET DOWN, and so on. He knew they were there. Also, cut the language. I suggest getting YOUR facts straight before you go sympathizing with somebody who attacked cops with a sword. He wasn't some homeowner half asleep. He knew they were coming. You obviously know nothing about how law enforcement works.
Nunya Business July 14, 2012 at 12:44 AM
You are so stupid. http://owingsmills.patch.com/articles/three-charged-with-attempted-murder-kidnapping-of-reisterstown-teen
Ryan Cole July 14, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Thank you for posting the link to that other article Nunya. That story has some facts that are relevant to this one. Now we know that your "friend" was at the same house that 3 other people were just arrested at. He should be used to police entering his house now and know what the proper response is. (which is not to swing a deadly weapon at them) For you to try to make excuses for him is as insane as swinging a sword at armed police officers. He brought this on himself. He's the victim? Really?!
Ryan Cole July 14, 2012 at 03:15 PM
And something else Nunya... If you're going to get on here and curse and attack people, use your real name. Don't be a coward and do it anonymously.
Brian DiPietro July 14, 2012 at 03:33 PM
He shouldn't bring a sword to a gunfight use it for salads
Zoobie July 14, 2012 at 07:34 PM
It's amazing that these blogs always get 'personal'. The shooting was 'righteous', end of story. Lucky the teen who took the bullet in the head and survived.
Computer Techy July 16, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Glad he is dead. Save us all some tax money.
Stephanie Dray July 16, 2012 at 05:53 PM
I sure hope the police attempted to serve their warrant by knocking and giving appropriate notice first. The fact that this happened in the man's bedroom at 11:40pm and that he picked up a sword rather than some other weapon more usually associated with aggression against police makes me wonder if this was one of those newfangled "no-knock" warrants that are becoming so popular and disastrous in the state.
Zoobie July 17, 2012 at 06:07 AM
In all of my years in Law Enforcement, I've never wittnessed a "NO KNOCK WARRANT". Is that somethng you saw on a T.V. Crime Drama? The Judges here in Maryland would frown on something like that, with one exception, matters of National Security/ Homeland Security. Maybe someone of Rank could correct me if I'm wrong.
Stephanie Dray July 17, 2012 at 08:48 PM


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