A bail review hearing was postponed Tuesday for the woman identified as the driver of a white van that rammed a Howard County police vehicle before her passenger was fatally shot by police in Mount Airy.

“I have been advised by the detention center that she is being difficult and the only way that we would be able to get her to appear ... would be to physically force her to do so, which I am reluctant to do,” Frederick County District Judge Dino Flores Jr. said at a bail review hearing Tuesday for Shyann Brandi-Dawn Outen. Outen, 28, of Woodbine, also refused representation by a public defender when contacted by that office Tuesday morning, said Stephanie Pankiewicz, an assistant public defender.

Cody Ethan Mitchell, 26, of Damascus, was killed Monday when two Howard County police officers opened fire on the van at about noon Monday on Penn Shop Road near Md. 27, according to a news release from the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office. Mitchell’s body was scheduled for an autopsy at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore as of Tuesday, the release states.

As of Tuesday, Outen was being charged only with first-degree burglary and theft from $1,000 to $10,000 in connection with Monday’s investigation, according to online court records.

Police said the van rammed an undercover Howard County police vehicle, then drove toward three Howard County officers as they stood outside their vehicles when members of a repeat offenders unit tried to pull the van over. The traffic stop was initiated after the officers said they witnessed a home burglary in the 13200 block of Manor Drive South, according to charging documents filed against Outen late Monday.

Two of the three officers facing the van, Cpl. Thomas Townsend and Officer 1st Class Darshan Luckey, opened fire, striking and killing Mitchell, according to a news release issued Tuesday afternoon by the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office.

Neither Townsend, a 16-year veteran, nor Luckey, who has been with Howard County police for 10 years, was injured in the confrontation, the release states.

It was still not clear Tuesday how many times Mitchell was shot or how many rounds were fired. Maj. Tim Clarke, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, declined to comment on specific details.

Clarke did confirm that Outen was driving the van when the shooting occurred, a fact also outlined in charging documents filed against Outen in Frederick County District Court.

The narrative in Outen’s charging documents skips over the shooting, but both Outen and Mitchell were identified as “known burglary suspects” in the documents, which begin with Howard County officers tailing the white Chevrolet van at about 11:50 a.m. Monday as it approached the house on Manor Drive South.

Outen and Mitchell were seen removing items from the home, including two large flat-screen televisions, before the officers watched Outen drive away, the documents state. The officers then contacted Frederick County sheriff’s deputies to request permission to stop the vehicle, according to previous reports.

A walk-through of the house on Manor Drive South later revealed that a rear door of the home was forced open and approximately $5,985 in property was missing, including the two TVs, a video game console, three watches, a laptop and a case of jewelry, according to the documents.

Detectives were still waiting for a warrant to search the van for stolen property when Outen’s charging documents were filed late Monday, but Outen admitted participating in a burglary at the Manor Drive South residence when questioned by sheriff’s deputies after the shooting, according to the documents.

The Frederick County Sheriff’s Office took custody of Outen and was handling the investigation of the shooting because it and Outen’s arrest took place on the Frederick County side of Mount Airy.

Howard County police will conduct an internal review of the shooting, according to a release from that department.

The officers involved in the shooting were on administrative leave pending the outcome of investigations into the shooting, as is department protocol, according to previous reports.

No body camera or dashboard-mounted camera footage of the shooting was available, according to Clarke.

Outen, who changed her name in 2015, was also facing charges by Howard County police under her former name, Brandi Dawn Sexton, Hoffman said. Under that name, Outen was facing two counts each of first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, theft from $1,000 to $10,000 and malicious destruction of property less than $1,000, as well as two counts each of conspiracy to commit the offenses, according to court records.

The offenses in Outen’s case in Howard County date back to two burglaries, both in the Woodbine area, that were under investigation by Howard County police, Hoffman said, citing his department’s records.

The first incident occurred between June 24 and June 30 when burglars forced open the door of a residence in the 3100 block of Cabin Run Road and stole a television. The second incident took place between 7:45 a.m. and 7:31 p.m. on June 27 in the 3200 block of Hayloft Court, where the culprits broke in through a rear door window and stole a checkbook, cash, jewelry and a video game console, according to Hoffman’s data.

Clarke confirmed that a District Court warrant was served on Outen shortly after her arrest by sheriff’s deputies on Monday.

“Howard County did obtain warrants for her for other crimes in their jurisdiction, post-incident,” Clarke said. “So those warrants weren’t typed up until after her arrest by our deputies.”

Frederick County Assistant State’s Attorney Amanda Leatherman — who was set to handle Outen’s bail review hearing before it was postponed Tuesday — confirmed that Outen’s second burglary case would likely be handled in Howard County, despite the fact that the case was posted outside a Frederick County courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

Outen’s hearing was rescheduled for Wednesday. In the meantime, she remained held without bail in the Frederick County Adult Detention Center.

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Jeremy Arias is the Frederick city and government reporter for The Frederick News-Post.

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I've known this girl and her family for about 10 years or so before she became involved in drugs. It's a shame what this crap does to people. Hopefully whenever she gets released she can stay clean. It's unfortunate that a life was lost because of a drug addiction.


Wait, I thought only immigrants committed crimes in Frederick County.


same thought went through my mind yesterday as I read the story and the comments


Generally legal immigrants are law abiding, ILLEGAL immigrants are a different matter since they have already demonstrated a disregard for the law by sneaking into our country.


From looking at her photo, looks like her drug addiction and lack of receiving another "hit", is cause for her behavior. I would like to see them charge her in some way as being a contributing factor in the death of her partner in crime.


Agreed. The scabs from skin picking and the clenched jaw suggests symptoms of chronic abuse of crystal meth. The withdrawal symptoms set in fast, maybe 24 hours.


So the passenger was shot and killed and not the person who was actually driving towards them with intent to harm? You mean to tell me that shooting indiscriminately into a car dozens of times can go wrong? Very interesting. Good to know that burglary is an automatic death sentence.


What would be the expected outcome for these two criminals? Would you rather they ran over and killed a law enforcement officer so that they could continue their criminal careers?


Please explain how shooting the passenger prevents the driver from running over the cops? That part smells fishy to me. She is apparently uninjured yet she was the one who was threatening the cops. It's like if someone pulled a gun on the police so they shot the person standing next to them.


Please explain how her getting lucky and not getting hit from multiple shots fired at the van has any bearing on the outcome? Two crooks, multiple shots, one walks away to continue her criminal career, one criminal career cancelled. All-in-all, a pretty good day for law enforcement and law-abiding citizens.


Don't you think it deserves a close look? Are you telling me that the police are such poor shots?


Howard County Police apparently watched them break into a house, complete the burglary (too bad for the homeowner), then decided they would make the out-of-jurisdiction stop. I bet they were in plainclothes, in undercover cars, had guns drawn, and the guy they shot dead had no idea they were police. Who do they think they are, some special forces unit in Mosul Iraq? This incident needs to be scrutinized very carefully!


I hope none of the big screen TV were damaged. That would be a real tragedy.


Sounds like she is being difficult possibly in protest to her buddy getting shot. Guess she never heard the song "I fought the law and the law won, I fought the law and the law won"

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I noticed your "Smells like victory" reply to my comment yesterday got deleted. The "new" FNP has gotten way too unreasonable when it comes to moderating comments. And the thing is, they'll delete a perfectly legitimate comment like yours with no explanation as to why they did, so you don't know what "rule" you violated when you posted it.


Please stop playing the race card what does it matter what race they are?


I am not saying there is not a reason for it, but I think we all know there would have been an uproar if they were black.


Unfortunately, that's true. Nobody should be targeted because of their race, nor should they get a "pass" because of their race either. If you can't do the time, don't do the crime.

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Frederick Co. but I guess some are more worried about the mug shot then the article.


The man shot was a criminal and was killed when threatening police lives. See people, it doesn't matter if he was white or black, police lives were threatened and he was killed. Thank God our police were safe.


Profiling Alert - it reads like black cop (Darshan Luckey) shot and killed a white suspect (Cody Mitchell). Where is the outrage, rioting, and looting from the white community? Could it be because the cop was doing his job and the crook put himself in the position to get shot?


Was Cody Mitchell sitting in the street with his hands in the air when he was shot? Or sitting in his car declaring he had a legal firearm on his person? Or walking away from the officer who then shot him in the back? It's the black men who have committed no crime who are shot by white policemen that create the outrage bosco.


Good point, phydeaux, thanks.


Outrage and protest in the examples you cited is justified - however, rioting and looting is never justified and detracts from the message of the protest.

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Just wondering why you and Jersey are thinking about sleeping with her.

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Amen to that!


Burglarizing someone's home is a despicable crime, attempting to run over a policeman is unconscionable.


Not defending the perpetrators in any way but I wonder why dash and body armor cams were "unavailable". As a victim of outright lying by a police department (Anne arundel not Howard) where dash board cameras "weren't working" and 911 tapes were "lost" I cringe when I hear this type of event where there should be validation of the true story but it has "disappeared".

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