Towson man kills self after standoff with police on Beltway

November 14, 1994|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer

A Towson man suspected in the fatal shooting of his brother-in-law killed himself early yesterday after a 1 1/2 -hour standoff with police on the Baltimore Beltway, authorities said.

Woube Gebre, 47, allegedly killed his brother-in-law in a District of Columbia restaurant and drove to his ex-wife's home in Woodlawn where police spotted him and followed him to the Beltway.

Baltimore County police were at the ex-wife's home because Washington police had warned them Mr. Gebre might try to kill his two sons.

Mr. Gebre shot himself in the head while sitting in his car shortly before 3 a.m., police said.

According to D.C. police, Mr. Gebre got into an argument with his wife's brother, Getahun Kebede, about 12:30 a.m. yesterday and shot him in the head at Ambassell, an Ethiopian restaurant in the 1900 block of 18th St. in Northwest Washington.

Washington police called Baltimore County police to warn them that the man might be on his way to kill his children in a house in the 1700 block of Winding Brook Way.

County police were waiting for Mr. Gebre when he drove up to the end-of-group townhouse. He turned around and left, and police tried to pull him over on Security Boulevard, but he did not stop until he was on the Beltway.

There, he reclined in his seat and placed a .38 caliber, snub-nose revolver to his temple, said Lt. John Trentzsch, of the Baltimore County police Woodlawn District.

Police closed both sides of the Beltway near the Security Boulevard exit and called Mr. Gebre on his car phone. Woodlawn District desk officer Pat McGlynn negotiated with the man for 1 1/2 hours until Mr. Gebre hung up and -- about 10 seconds later -- shot himself fatally, according to Lieutenant Trentzsch.

The lieutenant said Washington police seized the gun and towed the car to their crime laboratory.

Mr. Kebede was employed by PMS Parking to manage parking lots in downtown Baltimore, according to people who answered the phones at his Catonsville home and at the Woodlawn home.

Mr. Gebre's ex-wife, identified by police as Nellenos Kebede, was at her brother's house yesterday afternoon and was described as being too upset to speak to a reporter.

"She can't talk because she's crying," said a woman who declined to give her name but described herself as a family friend.

The woman said Ms. Kebede, 34, was at the Ambassell restaurant when her ex-husband allegedly shot her brother. She said the couple's 8- and 5-year-old sons were with a baby sitter at the Woodlawn house at the time.

The woman said the couple were divorced in March after about eight years of marriage. She said Mr. Gebre was a correctional officer at a juvenile institution, but she was unable to be more specific.

A woman who answered the phone at the Woodlawn house said Mr. Gebre came to the United States from Ethiopia about 25 years ago, and Ms. Kebede and her brother about 12 years ago.

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