Suspect in series of ATM robberies shot by county undercover officer

January 28, 1995|By Gregory P. Kane | Gregory P. Kane,Sun Staff Writer

A suspect in a series of automated teller machine robberies in Brooklyn Park and Glen Burnie was shot yesterday morning by police after he robbed an undercover officer, county police said.

Lynn Leroy Gladden, 28, of the 100 block of Zeppelin Ave. in Pumphrey was stable in serious condition at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center with a severed spinal cord, a hospital spokeswoman said last night.

Mr. Gladden has been charged with the armed robbery of an undercover officer, and police say he is a suspect in six robberies at three different banks in Brooklyn Park and Glen Burnie from Jan. 7 through Jan. 24.

Members of a newly formed county police armed robbery task force staked out the NationsBank ATM machine in the 7200 block of Ritchie Highway, which had been the site of three earlier robberies and one attempted robbery.

Police say Detective Tom Adams went to use the cash machine about 12:30 a.m. A man approached the officer, put a 9-mm semiautomatic handgun in his side and took $20 and the ATM card, police said.

The man was walking away as a marked patrol car pulled up. He tried to run, but his path was blocked by two uniformed officers, who ordered him to drop the gun.He turned away and then spun back toward the officers with the gun still in his hand, police said. Officer David Henkel fired one shot, hitting the man's left side, police said.

Officer Henkel, 33, a 14-year veteran of the force, has been given administrative duties while the department completes an investigation of the shooting.

The man's handgun was loaded with the same type of ammunition used by county police and had a round in the chamber, said police spokesman Officer Randy Bell.

The armed robbery task force was formed Tuesday by Acting Chief Robert Beck in response to an increase in robberies. The county has recorded 78 robberies through yesterday, compared with 61 robberies for all of January 1994, police said.

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