Attacker shot dead by police

May 18, 1994|By Richard Irwin and David Michael Ettlin | Richard Irwin and David Michael Ettlin,Sun Staff Writers

A man who cut both his former girlfriend and their young daughter with a knife during a domestic dispute was shot to death late last night by a Baltimore County police officer in a Middle River rowhouse.

Police said the violence began about 10:30 p.m. when Samuel Tomblin, a construction worker in his 20s, broke into the home in the 2100 block of Firethorn Road through the back door.

An argument ensued between Mr. Tomblin and the former girlfriend, Deborah Callin, 24, who had broken off their relationship about six months ago, according to police.

The argument escalated. Mr. Tomblin used a knife to cut Ms. Callin in the chest and their daughter, 3-year-old Tiffany, in the neck, police said. The mother managed to reach a telephone and call 911. At least three police officers arrived within minutes.

Police said Mr. Tomblin, still holding the knife, ran upstairs to a second-floor bedroom. Despite repeated warnings from the police, Mr. Tomblin refused to drop his weapon.

An officer, whose identity was not immediately divulged, fired one shot from his 9mm semiautomatic pistol that hit Mr. Tomblin in the chest, according to Essex Precinct Capt. James Johnson. Mr. Tomblin was declared dead at the scene.

Ms. Callin, who wanted to stay with her daughter, was flown with the girl by state police Medevac helicopter to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

They were listed in serious condition early today, authorities said.

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