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Sterling Watts shooting: Three arrests made in shooting of 15-year-old

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A 48-year-old man was shot and killed by Baltimore County Police late Thursday night as they were trying to arrest two suspects in connection to the June shooting of a 15-year-old in Howard County.

Howard County Police say that a total of three Baltimore-area suspects were arrested and charged with attempted first and second-degree murder, kidnapping, assault and gun charges nearly a month after 15-year-old Sterling Watts was found shot in a field near Marriottsville. He was released from the hospital on Wednesday.

Watts, a Reisterstown resident, was found with a single gunshot wound to the back of the head on June 19. Police say that Donald George Peoples, 21, of Baltimore, Laura Christian Karr, 24, of Reisterstown and Chiquita Sketers, 21, of Randallstown, were all arrested either overnight or Friday afternoon.

However, during the execution of a Howard County arrest warrant against People and Karr at a Reisterstown home on Thursday night, a Baltimore County police officer shot and killed a man after he swung a large sword at an officer, striking the bunker the officer was carrying.

Baltimore County Police officials have identified the man who was shot and killed as 48-year-old Ronald Melvin Cox, Jr.

Sketers was arrested later Friday without incident in Randallstown.

Investigators believe that Peoples and Karr kidnapped Watts, forced him into a car, then stopped to pick up Sketers, who was armed with a long-barrel rifle. Sketers then allegedly told Watts that "he was going to die." They then drove him to the field, where police say that Watts was ordered out of the car at gunpoint, then shot by Peoples.

Peoples, Karr and Sketers are all being held at the Howard County Detention Center.

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