Holdup man's own handgun fired as he tried to tuck it into his pants.

ROBBER DIES AS GUN GOES OFF

June 19, 1991|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Evening Sun Staff William B. Talbott contributed to this story. B

A man who robbed a woman early today died from a bullet wound when the gun he used in the robbery discharged as he shoved it into his pants during his getaway, city police said.

The unidentified man, believed to be in his early 20s, was pronounced dead in the emergency room at the University of Maryland Medical Center at 3:02 a.m.

An emergency room nurse said the man had no identification on him and was listed as "John Doe."

Police said a woman, whose name was being withheld, was in the 1800 block of Vine St. about 2:45 a.m. when she was accosted by a man with a handgun who demanded her money.

After taking an undisclosed sum, police said, the man backed away and was putting the gun in his waistband of his pants when the weapon fired, sending a bullet into his right groin.

Police said the man staggered about 30 yards and fell.

He was found a few minutes later, lying in the 100 block of N. Fulton Ave., by a pedestrian, who called the police.

On the pavement near the man, police said, was a .22-caliber Ruger semi-automatic pistol used in the robbery. Also recovered was money stolen from the woman.

Police said they think the bullet pierced the man's femoral artery, causing him to bleed to death.

An autopsy was completed today, from which investigators determined he accidentally shot himself with his own weapon.

Police said the robbery victim was not injured.

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