Police: Berks man victim of homicide at hotel near Baltimore


A Berks County man has been identified as the victim of a homicide in Maryland.

Jeremiah David Koch, 30, of Lenhartsville, was fatally shot early Thursday morning inside a Comfort Inn hotel near Towson, about 10 miles north of Baltimore.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, initially fled the scene, but he was taken into custody nearby a short time later, police said.

"There's not a lot of information about what preceded this incident," said Ofc. Jennifer Peach, Baltimore County Police Department.

The preliminary investigation indicates that Koch was summoned to a room at the hotel by a third man to help calm the suspect, who was in an agitated state, according to Baltimore County detectives.

The suspect pulled out a handgun, police said. The third man then ran from the room and called 911, reporting that he heard shots fired.

Officers said they arrived shortly before 2:30 a.m. to find Koch dead in the room, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to his upper body.

"The body is going to be transported to the office of the chief medical examiner for an autopsy to determine the exact cause and manner of death," Peach said.

Police said they expect to charge the suspect on Friday.

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