Cocaine reportedly found in slain man

August 28, 1993|By Michael James | Michael James,Staff Writer

An autopsy has shown that cocaine was in the bloodstream of a man shot 16 times by an off-duty police officer last week in the corridor of a Northwest Baltimore movie theater, law enforcement sources said.

Michael R. Goodman, 41, was shot by Baltimore Police Officer Harold Carey after Mr. Goodman reportedly refused to drop a pellet gun resembling a .357-caliber Magnum revolver, police said. The officer opened fire after Mr. Goodman aimed the weapon at him.

The state medical examiner's office refused to discuss the findings of the Goodman autopsy. But a police investigator in the case said the autopsy showed cocaine was in Mr. Goodman's system.

That finding is looked at by investigators as a possible explanation of why Mr. Goodman was able to remain standing despite being repeatedly shot by Officer Carey in the Loews 5-Star Theater in Reisterstown Road Plaza.

In a police report submitted to the state's attorney's office for review, Officer Carey stated that he feared for his life and emptied his 9 mm Glock pistol because Mr. Goodman had withstood several bullets and had remained upright, holding the weapon.

The report said that when Mr. Goodman finally collapsed to the floor and dropped the weapon, he still attempted to reach for it, prompting the officer to shoot him one last time.

Danielle McCaskill, an assistant manager at the theater who was working at the time of the shooting Aug. 20, said that several patrons had complained to employees about someone with a gun.

She said that Officer Carey, 23, who was at the theater to see a movie with his fiancee, came over and used the telephone to call 911. While the officer was on the phone, Mr. Goodman walked past with the gun in his hand, Ms. McCaskill said.

"He [Officer Carey] said, 'I'm an off-duty cop. Drop your gun.' But the man didn't drop the gun. Then the officer said to drop the gun again. . . . I lost sight of [Mr. Goodman,] but I saw the officer start firing.

"He shot him one time, and then paused. A few seconds later, he started shooting him again," she said.

"I don't know why he wouldn't have dropped the gun. That didn't make any sense," she said.

Police said Mr. Goodman, an unlicensed cabdriver who lived on Wheatley Drive in West Baltimore, appeared to have been arguing with a man to whom he'd given a ride shortly before the confrontation with the officer.

Officer Carey is on routine administrative duties pending investigation of the shooting.

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