UPDATE: Police Make 3 More Arrests Related to Homicide / Shooting of Anne Arundel County Police Detectives

February 7, 2020



Joseph Robert Mitchell Willis, 22, of Pasadena

Joseph Robert Mitchell Willis, 22, of Pasadena

On Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at approximately 4:50 p.m., officers responded to a residence located in the 600 block of Newfield Road in Glen Burnie for a death investigation. Upon arrival officers discovered 44 year old Christopher Lawrence Jones deceased in the residence. Mr. Jones suffered significant trauma to the upper body.

Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Homicide detectives along with the Evidence Collection Unit responded and processed the crime scene. Evidence was collected and interviews were completed. During an interview it was learned that the victim’s vehicle was missing. The deceased was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for an autopsy. The cause of death was trauma to the upper body with the manner being homicide.

Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Homicide detectives initiated an investigation. At approximately 11:00 p.m., the Fugitive Apprehension Team and Homeland Security and Intelligence detectives observed Mr. Jones’ vehicle in the area of Fort Smallwood Road between Fort Armistead Road and Hawkins Point Road in Baltimore. Upon attempting to stop the vehicle the sole occupant shot at the detectives from within the vehicle. One detective was shot in the upper body and drove to a nearby convenience store to request assistance. The suspect then fled south on Fort Smallwood Road, pursued by multiple law enforcement officers to the Orchard Beach / Stoney Beach communities. The individual was pursued throughout the neighborhood at which time another detective was able to stop the suspect with his vehicle. At that time the suspect again opened fire, striking the detective in the upper body before fleeing on foot.

Shawn Ethan Taylor, 21

Shawn Ethan Taylor, 21

A perimeter was established and a search for the suspect was initiated. Both detectives were transported to an area trauma center for serious, life-threatening injuries. The detectives involved are Detective Scott Ballard (21 year veteran) assigned to the Fugitive Apprehension Team, and Detective Ian Preece (13 year veteran) assigned to the Homeland Security and Intelligence Unit.

The investigation and search for the at-large suspect continued throughout the night and following day. Detectives were able to obtain forensic evidence which led them to a person of interest and also enabled detectives to identify potential addresses of interest, including an address within the established perimeter where the suspect was believed to be secreted. Detectives obtained search warrants for two addresses and worked with the Anne Arundel County Special Operations Section and Maryland State Police State Team to formulate a plan to execute these warrants in a manner to ensure public safety as well as the safety of the officers.

Zachary Taylor, 23

Zachary Taylor, 23

A warrant was executed at a residence in the 1300 block of River Bank Court where detectives were able to apprehend the suspect, Joseph Robert Mitchell Willis, 22, of the 7700 block of Middlegate Court in Pasadena, without incident. At the residence, detectives located suspected Heroin/Fentanyl, Cocaine, Marijuana and LSD. Also taken into custody at this address were Shawn Ethan Taylor, 21, and Zachary Taylor, 23, who resided at that residence.

Another warrant was executed simultaneously in the 7700 block of Middlegate Court in Pasadena by the State Team where detectives found evidence of a small Marijuana grow operation as well as suspected Heroin/Fentanyl. Michelle Antoinette Fischer, 42, was taken into custody at this location. The total value of suspected controlled dangerous substances collected from the residences was approximately $17,000.

We are extremely grateful for the assistance of Maryland State Police, Natural Resources Police, Baltimore City Police for their assistance in this incident. We greatly appreciate the cooperation and support shown by the members of the Orchard Beach and Stoney Beach communities throughout the duration of this incident. We also want to thank the citizens and businesses of Anne Arundel County for the outpouring of support and prayers for our wounded officers. Finally, we wish to convey our utmost gratitude to the members of the media who helped keep our communities well informed throughout this incident.

Michelle Antoinette Fischer, 42

Michelle Antoinette Fischer, 42

Even though an arrest has been made, the Anne Arundel County Police are urging anyone with information to come forward by calling the Anne Arundel County Homicide Unit at 410-222-4731. If people with information wish to remain anonymous they can also contact the Anne Arundel County Police Tip Line 410-222-4700 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP or Download P3Tips APP and Submit Your TIP or submit by web at http://metrocrimestoppers.org/

Arrested:

Joseph Robert Mitchell Willis
DOB: 12-29-1997
7700 block of Middle Gate Court
Pasadena, Maryland

Charges:

  • First Degree Murder
  • Attempted First Degree Murder

Arrested:

Shawn Ethan Taylor
1300 block of River Bank Court
Pasadena, Maryland

Charges:

  • CDS: Pos W/I Dist: PCP/LSD/Hal
    CDS: Poss Marijuana 10 Gm+
    CDS: Possess-Not Marijuana (4 Cts.)

Arrested:

Zachary Evan Taylor
1300 block of River Bank Court
Pasadena, Maryland

Charges:

  • CDS Poss W/Int To Dist
  • CDS: Pos W/I Dist: PCP/LSD/Hal
  • CDS: Poss Marijuana 10 Gm+
  • CDS: Possess-Not Marijuana (4 cts.)
  • CDS: Poss Paraphernalia

Arrested:

Mechelle Antoinette Fisher
7700 block of Middle Gate Court
Pasadena, Maryland

Charges:

  • Manufacture CDS
    CDS Poss Paraphernalia
  • CDS Poss Non Marijuana (3 cts)


Following an intensive investigation and search, Anne Arundel County Police detectives arrested 22 year old Joseph Robert Mitchell Willis of Pasadena, MD, charging him in connection with the murder of 44 year old Christopher Lawrence Jones, 44, of the 600 block of Newfield Road in Glen Burnie, and in connection with the shooting / attempted murder of one of our police detectives.

Willis has been charged with First Degree Murder and Attempted First Degree Murder. The investigation is on-going and additional charges will be placed.

Arrested:
Joseph Robert Mitchell Willis
DOB: 12-29-1997
7700 block of Middle Gate Court
Pasadena, Maryland

Charges:
First Degree Murder
Attempted First Degree Murder

Joseph Robert Mitchell Willis, 22, of Pasadena

Joseph Robert Mitchell Willis, 22, of Pasadena

24 Responses to UPDATE: Police Make 3 More Arrests Related to Homicide / Shooting of Anne Arundel County Police Detectives

  1. JR on February 7, 2020 at 10:47 am

    A waste of life period.

  2. Anonymous on February 7, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Some details would be nice….

  3. Kevin P on February 7, 2020 at 11:49 am

    If he did this in St. Kathy, he would of only got 5 years probation.

  4. Charles Herbert on February 7, 2020 at 12:44 pm

    It appears white supremacy is alive and well in Pasadena, Maryland.

    • CharlesTheBigot on February 7, 2020 at 8:55 pm

      Leave it to a bigot to bring race into the discussion.

    • itiswhatitis on February 10, 2020 at 7:45 am

      You are about as ignorant as they come! Why would that come into play with this article! Good job…keep racism alive idiot!

  5. Anonymous on February 7, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    Innocent until proven guilty in the eye o fgod

    • Anonymous on February 12, 2020 at 6:44 am

      OK – maybe with your “god”.

      But my “God” already knows who is guilty as soon as the deed is done because He sees ALL.

  6. Mark on February 7, 2020 at 3:57 pm

    What you talkin’ bout Willis?!

  7. Anonymous on February 7, 2020 at 4:07 pm

    He killed a guy and shot 2 detectives. At only 22 yrs old , he’ll get calluses on his ass and mouth from Bubba and the gang .

    • Anonymous on February 7, 2020 at 8:47 pm

      No he won’t. You’ve been brainwashed by the movies.

      • Boom on February 10, 2020 at 8:06 am

        True, he wont, but only because the liberals have made it impossible to lock up criminals. He’ll get 6 months.

        • Anonymous on February 11, 2020 at 5:18 pm

          Or because 90% of the prison populous could care less about police officers getting shot.

  8. BooBerry on February 7, 2020 at 9:12 pm

    Good work leo! Good thoughts to the injured cops.

  9. W R B on February 7, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Hope the judges and prosecutors who handled his previous cases can sleep well knowing they are responsible for these shootings by their previous inaction.

  10. Anonymous on February 10, 2020 at 7:39 am

    look like Bernie Sander supporters.

  11. Binford EX2000 on February 10, 2020 at 11:38 am

    Mr. Willis just needs one lap in a wood chipper.

    • Anonymous on February 12, 2020 at 5:14 am

      With that neanderthal head?

  12. Anonymous on February 11, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    it is shocking and appalling that criminal defense attorneys allow crime solvers to carry on like it does. it is totally contrary to being able to confront your accusers in court.

    • Jim Jordan on February 12, 2020 at 8:19 am

      You mean like a republican impeachment in the House?

      • Anonymous on February 13, 2020 at 7:44 pm

        well, that was an act of harassment

  13. Anonymous on February 12, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Just take there ass to the state pen with the barbwire, those boys will take care of all four of them. They don’t deserve a dam trial!!!! Absolutely cruelty.

  14. Anonymous on February 12, 2020 at 8:02 pm

    Thugs

  15. MAGA on February 17, 2020 at 10:43 am

    WHITE PRIVELEDGE WILL GET HIM OFF.