A drug overdose rather than a shotgun blast fired by police may have caused the death of a 29-year-old Baltimore man who tried to rob a convenience store with a fake .45-caliber revolver, according to a city police spokesman.
"Where he was shot, should not have been sufficient to kill him,"
said police spokesman Dennis Hill. "We're going to wait for the medical examiner to tell us why he died."
The man received two shoulder wounds from shotgun pellets. Two vials of crack cocaine were found in the man's pockets and another vial near his body, Hill said.
Rodney Willis, of the 700 block of E. 21st. St., was shot early yesterday when he failed to obey police orders to drop the revolver, which later proved to be fake, police said. The shooting occurred in an apartment building in the 6500 block of Moravia Park Drive.