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Man arrested in fatal shooting of 51-year-old Army reserve sergeant in Northwest Baltimore

By JUSTIN FENTON | The Baltimore Sun | Published: June 22, 2020

BALTIMORE (Tribune News Service) – A 21-year-old man has been arrested and charged in a double-shooting that killed a 51-year-old U.S. Army reserve sergeant and father of nine on June 2 in Northwest Baltimore.

Police said Shae-Von Edwards was taken into custody in Cockeysville on Saturday, on a warrant issued earlier this month following killing of Roderick Daniels in the 5600 block of Haddon Ave. A second man, 35, was also shot and wounded in the incident.

Police said at the time of the shooting that it stemmed from a “dispute,” but details of how Edwards is allegedly linked to the shooting were not immediately available. He was being held without bail and did not have an attorney listed yet in court records.

Daniels was a sergeant first-class in the Army reserves, where he held the position of automated logistical specialist with the 392nd Expeditionary Signal Battalion. He was originally from Louisiana.

According to an obituary, Daniels served three tours of duty overseas - in Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield, and in Kuwait and later Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.

“Roderick Sr. served his Country for 34 years and was a proud, well-decorated and accomplished Soldier in the U.S. Army,” relatives, who could not be reached for comment, wrote in the obituary.

Roderick officiated numerous high school football games in the Maryland area and mentored high school athletes, they said. He went by the nickname of “Big Rod.”

“The name ‘Big Rod’ symbolized his loving role as an advisor, organizer and counselor to his family and friends. He wore that name with pride,” the obituary says. “Big Rod was an outgoing, outspoken, adventurous and caring man. His caring nature was especially evident in his role as a father.”

He leaves behind nine children. Another son, 28-year-old Roderick Daniels Jr., was fatally shot last year in Baton Rouge, La.

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