Baltimore, MD – A Baltimore police officer who pulled up to an armed robbery in progress fatally shot the suspect as he ran out of the store, carrying a shotgun.
The incident was captured on video (video below.)
The incident occurred on Monday, October 16, about 2:50 AM, at a 7-11 located in the 6000 block of Harford Road near Glenmore Avenue, according to The Baltimore Sun.
Video from surveillance and the officer’s body-cam show the suspect, age 20, pointing a shotgun at the clerk, and grabbing a bag of money from the cash register.
He wore a mask and a hooded shirt, and had a sawed-off shotgun that had white tape around the handle, according to WBALTV .
The suspect only got $26, before turning to run out the front door, still with the shotgun in his hand.
Baltimore Police Media Relations Chief T.J. Smith said, “The gun was raised as he left the store. The suspect had the opportunity inside the store, when he saw the police car with the steady lights showed up right in front of the business in clear view, to drop his weapon and say, ‘I’m busted, you got me.’ The suspect chose to run outside with a gun ready to go.”
The police officer, whose name was not released, had just arrived, and quickly assessed the situation.
He fired multiple shots at the suspect, who fell to the sidewalk outside the store, as the officer called for backup and EMS. The suspect was transported to a local hospital, where he later died.
No one else was injured. Police said that the shotgun was not loaded, and that the serial number had been altered and was unreadable.
Chief Smith said, “If that shotgun was pointed at you, it doesn’t matter if it was loaded, you don’t have time to ask questions.”
Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said that, based upon his review of the video footage, that the officer, who is a 17-year veteran, “did a great, great job.”
“In this particular scenario, there was no time for de-escalation whatsoever.”
He said the officer “showed presence of mind and grace under pressure,” and noted that the officer had immediately activated his body-cam immediately after the shooting.
This decision automatically saved a 30-second loop of footage from before the body-cam was activated, which clearly showed the shooting.
Police said that the incident matched a pattern of over twenty commercial armed robberies in the area, and that the same shotgun appeared to have been used in those robberies.
They are still looking for a person of interest, who is seen on surveillance video scoping out the store before the robbery for about 35 seconds.
The suspect was also not identified, and police said that his name will be released after his family is notified. Officials said that the officer’s name would be released in a few days.
You can see the video of the shooting below. WARNING – Graphic content: