MURDER USA: Homicide Suspect Steven Arthur Arrested for Slaying of James McClean in 2021; Attorney General opens investigation into fatal shooting by officer on Feb. 19, 2022


Attorney General opens investigation into fatal shooting by officer on Feb. 19, 2022

BALTIMORE, MD – On February 19, 2022, at approximately 3:15 p.m., officers with the Baltimore Police Department’s Mobile Metro Unit (MMU) were working a carjacking/robbery detail in the Northeast District when the officers observed a vehicle of interest in the 3200 block of Hillen Road in Baltimore City.  As the officers approached the vehicle, it accelerated forward and two officers discharged their firearms.  The driver, who had been struck by the gunfire, exited the car under his own power. Officers rendered aid until medical personnel arrived.

The driver, an adult male, was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The Independent Investigations Division will generally release the name of the decedent and involved officers within 48 hours of the incident, although that period may be extended if there is a specific reason to believe that an officer’s safety is at risk.

Body-worn cameras were active at the time of the incident.  The video may be released in accordance with Baltimore Police Department and Independent Investigations Division policies.

The Independent Investigations Division of the Attorney General’s Office, the Baltimore Police Department, and the Maryland State Police continue to investigate this incident.

SEE press conference below

BALTIMORE, MD. – Baltimore Police announced the arrest of a man they say is responsible for the homicide committed on May 31, 2021, at approximately 7:33 p.m., when a 33-year-old male was assaulted, and a 34-year-old male was shot and killed inside a rooming house in the 1900 block of W. Fayette Street.


Robbery Gone Bad, Say Cops

Homicide detectives learned that this incident occurred as the result of a robbery gone bad. No kidding, that is exactly what the police put in their press release, as if when a robbery works out okay there might be a different result.

 The victim was identified as James McClean who was Murder #139 for the year of 2021.

After a lengthy investigation, police say that detectives were able to identify the shooter and obtain an arrest warrant.

On February 7, 2022, homicide detectives arrested 32-year-old Steven Brian Arthur (DOB 12/5/1989) of 7202 Kennebunk Road, Windsor Mill, Maryland at Baltimore Police Headquarters.

Arthur has since been charged by Baltimore Police Detective Johnathan L. Jones with

  • 1st Degree Murder
  • Conspiracy to commit first degree murder
  • Second degree murder
  • Attempted first degree murder
  • Attempted second degree murder
  • Four counts of first-degree assault
  • Two counts of second-degree assault
  • Two counts of armed robbery
  • Three counts of robbery
  • Four counts of second-degree assault
  • Four counts of theft
  • Four counts of reckless endangerment
  • Four counts of false imprisonment
  • Use of a firearm in a violent crime by a convicted felon
  • Two counts of having a loaded handun on a person
  • Two counts of having a handgun in a vehicle
  • Discharging a firearm.

 Steven Arthur is now in Central Booking awaiting a preliminary hearing in Baltimore City District Court on March 9, 2022.

The Suspended Sentence Allowed Arthur Back on Streets in Time for Murder

Steven Brian Arthur pleaded guilty to violating an ex-parte order of the court and second-degree assault in Baltimore City Circuit Court on August 16, 2019, and was sentenced to three years in prison. The plea deal with Baltimore City States Attorney Marilyn Mosby allowed Arthur’s sentence to two years and ten days suspended.  Court records show he violated the terms of his probation on April 27, 2021, but the case was closed due to a technical violation.

Found Guilty of Assault

Arthur was found guilty in Baltimore County Circuit Court on November 19, 2009 and sentenced to one year in the slammer.

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